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					The College of William & Mary Williamsburg, Virginia

Parent and Family Handbook


Published by the Parents Association

Parents Association P.O. Box 8795 Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-8795 757/221-1236, Fax 757/221-1240

Dear Parents and Family Members: On behalf of the Parents Association, we want to take this opportunity to welcome you and your student to the College of William and Mary! We have no doubt that your son or daughter will have a positive and rewarding experience at the College. We invite you to get involved with as many of the activities that are available for parents and family members so that you too can become a part of the William and Mary family. Plan now on joining us for the Family Weekend festivities on September 28-30. This handbook has been developed to provide families with a comprehensive introduction to William and Mary and to assist in your orientation to your student’s new school. It is a general reference for you; more detailed information is available in the College Catalog and the Student Handbook. Copies of the Handbook and Catalog will be provided for your student upon arrival. While much of the information presented here is addressed to freshmen families, families of transfer students will find it helpful also. The William and Mary Parents Association keeps families informed during the school year through our annual Family Weekend program and the W&M Family newsletter. If these resources do not provide the answers to your questions, please feel free to write or call for more information. A directory of the administrative officers of the College is included in the handbook to help you in contacting the individual who can be of most assistance to you. Understandably, you expect that your student will be in caring, capable hands. Our experience affirms that is indeed the case. The week-long orientation program each fall prepares new students for classes and for life in the College community. A dedicated and well-trained New Student Orientation staff, Residence Life staff, an outstanding teaching faculty, and a thoughtful administration create a truly special climate for living and learning. This year there is a two-day Family Orientation scheduled for August 24-25 and we highly recommend that you plan to attend. This will be your opportunity to meet and greet many faculty and staff from across campus with whom you and your student will be interacting for the next four years. We hope very much that that this handbook proves to be a useful resource for you, and we look forward to seeing you on campus! Sincerely, Joseph and Theresa Collerd Chairs, Parents Association Parents of Margaret Sarah ‘08

Academic Requirements…………………………………………………………………...…………...….......... Grading and Grade Reports……………………………………………………………………...……………… Continuation Requirements……………………………………………………………...………………............ Withdrawal or Stopping Out……………………………………………………………………...………........... Other Educational Opportunities………………………………………………………………...………............ Release of Student Information………………………………………………………………...……….…......... The Honor System and Student Conduct…………………………………………………………………........... Rules and Regulations…………………………………………………………...………………………............
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On-Campus Living Options………………………………………………………………………………........... Residence Hall Staffing……………………………………………………………………………….....……… Room Furnishings and Residence Hall Facilities………………………………………………………...……... Self-Determination………………………………………………………………………...……...……..……… Security…………………………………………………………………………………………..………............ Mail Service……………………………………………………………………………..………………............. Holiday Periods…………………………………………………………..………………………………........... End of Semester Travel…………………………………………………………………..……………………... Telephones, Computers, and Cable……………………………………………………………………………... Student Property Insurance………………………………………………………………………………............
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Airports…………………………………………………………………………………………………………... Banks…………………………………………………………………………………………………………….. Churches and Religious Organizations………………………………………………………………………...... Lodging Information…………………………………………………………………………………………….. Storage Facilities………………………………………………………………………………………………… Transportation Services………………………………………………………………………………………......

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There are several broad principles that are fundamental to William and Mary's approach to undergraduate education. Simply put, these are: 1. That the liberal arts are the foundation of higher education. Each student regardless of his or her major must take two full years of work in liberal arts. 2. That the College should seek to educate the whole person. Therefore, the environment outside the classroom is meant to contribute as directly and importantly to a student's development as do the academic activities. 3. That living in residence halls enhances the growth of the student. 4. That the criterion of excellence in teaching and learning, in class and out of class, is at the heart of the educational process. 5. That students are adults and should share adult rights and responsibilities. They should participate at appropriate levels in decision-making, and they are expected to conduct themselves in a mature and responsible fashion, both on and off campus. The activities, programs, services, and regulations of the College are all planned with these objectives in mind.

Academic Requirements A liberal education, although it has no fixed definition, is more than a haphazard accumulation of courses. Its essential purpose is to liberate and broaden the mind, to produce men and women with vision and perspective as well as specific practical skills and knowledge. The major foundations on which a liberal education is built are well recognized. For these reasons, the College requires all of its undergraduates to plan, with the help of faculty advisors and within the framework of broad general degree requirements, programs of liberal education suited to their particular needs and interests. To graduate from William and Mary, students must earn 120 academic credits and achieve a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. All work must be completed within 10 semesters of enrollment. The average course load is 15 hours (usually four or five courses) per semester, though students may enroll in 12 to 18 credits without special permission. Freshmen are often advised to begin with a lighter load in their first term to facilitate their adjustment to William and Mary's academic demands. In selecting courses for the first year, students are encouraged to: 1. Complete foreign language, freshman seminar and lower-division writing requirements as soon as possible. 2. Begin work on General Education Requirements. 3. Build into their schedules prerequisites for possible majors. 4. Take, at the highest level their background allows, at least one course in which they have a special interest and confidence. 5. Take courses from an area with which they are unfamiliar in order to open up new interests and opportunities. Within the total number of credits, students must fulfill certain requirements to assure both breadth and depth in their education. At William and Mary, these are called Proficiencies, General Education Requirements and the Major.


Proficiencies Proficiencies are skills that must be demonstrated by all students, and include the following: 1. Freshman Seminar This requirement does not apply to transfer students entering William and Mary with 24 credits or more, not including AP or IB credits or other credits earned before graduation from high school. In an effort to provide every first-year student with a small-class experience, the College has dedicated considerable effort and resources to the creation of an exciting and varied system of freshman seminars. Each William and Mary freshman is required to take one of these seminars in the first year. The freshman seminars have a maximum enrollment of fifteen students. They are taught by faculty from almost all departments in Arts and Sciences and in the Schools of Business Administration, Education, Marine Science, and Law. All freshman seminars are reading-, writing-, and discussion-intensive, and their goal is to initiate students into the culture of critical thinking and independent inquiry that is at the core of William and Mary's undergraduate program. Freshman seminars with a "W" designation also fulfill the college’s lower division writing requirement. Approximately 100 freshman seminars are offered each semester. Individual faculties have wide latitude in designing these courses, and the result is that topics are often closely tied to faculty research interests. Some examples from past years include: "Effects of Technology on Civilization" (Physics); "Fifth Century Athens: Crucible of Democracy" and "The Gulf War and American Foreign Policy" (Government); "The Navajo (Anthropology); "Earthquakes, Volcanoes, and Plate Tectonics" (Geology); and "American Autobiography" and "The World of Shakespeare's Sonnets" (English). There are also several freshman seminars that are co-taught by teams of faculty. Examples include: "Introduction to Film Studies;" "Folklore and Folktales in a Cross-Cultural Perspective;" "Perspectives on Citizenship and Community;" and "The History and Culture of the Middle East." 2. Lower Division Writing - may be met by: Receiving a score of 4 or 5 on either the English Composition and Literature AP exam or the English Language and Composition AP exam; Earning a score of 5 or higher on the International Baccalaureate (IB) English exam (higher level); Receiving transfer credit for Writing 101 or English 367 or Completing a Freshman Seminar, University Seminar, Writing 101, English 367 or other lower division course designated "W" with a grade of C- or better The lower division writing requirement must be satisfied before attempting the Major Writing Requirement which is required of all arts and sciences majors. 3. Foreign Language - may be met by: Achieving a score of 600 on the College Board SAT II Subject test in French, German, Russian or Spanish or 650 in Latin; Receiving an Advanced Placement Test score of 3 or better in French, German, or Spanish, or a score of 5 on the Latin Literature or Latin Vergil or Latin Literature and Vergil Combined exams; Earning an International Baccalaureate (IB) score of 4 or higher for the French, German, or Spanish (higher level) examination; Completing the fourth-year level of a language in high school; Having a native language other than English (exemption determined by the Chair of Modern Languages Department at the student’s request);


Receiving transfer credit for the 202 level in a foreign language. (Transfer students will not receive transfer credit for 101-202 courses taken at other institutions if, using the formula one high school year equals one college semester, they repeated the language level taken in high school) or Completing a fourth semester course (or higher) in a language at W&M. 4. Digital Information Learning (DIL) Proficiency All incoming freshmen, as well as newly admitted transfer students with fewer than 39 credits, must take and pass with a grade of C- or better the DIL exam. The exam consists of questions dealing with how computers process digital information; communicating using computers; security and privacy issues; analyzing research needs; finding information electronically; evaluating the information found; and information ethics. Those students failing to pass the exam by the end of the third week of classes after matriculation must pass with a C- or better INTR 160, Digital Information Literacy. General Education Requirements Undergraduate students are required to fulfill the seven General Education Requirements (GERs) as follows. GER courses must carry three or four credits except for GER 6, which requires two credits. A single course may fulfill, at most, two GERs and may also be used to fulfill major, minor and/or proficiency requirements. GER 1. Mathematics and Quantitative Reasoning (one course) GER 2. Natural Sciences (two courses, one of which is taken with an associated laboratory) 2A. Physical Sciences (one course) 2B. Biological Sciences (one course) GER 3. Social Sciences (two courses) GER 4. World Cultures and History (one course in category A, one course in category B, and one additional course in either category A, B, or C) 4A. History and Culture in the European Tradition 4B. History and Culture outside the European Tradition 4C. Cross-Cultural Issues GER 5. Literature and History of the Arts (one course) GER 6. Creative and Performing Arts (two credits in the same creative or performing art) GER 7. Philosophical, Religious, and Social Thought (one course) Major Students may declare a major after completion of 39 to 54 credits. Transfer students entering with 54 or more credits may delay declaration until the end of their first semester. Each department, program or school specifies the courses that must be completed to provide a strong background in the subject, as well as courses which fulfill the Major Writing Requirement and the Major Computing Requirement. A grade point average of 2.0 ("C") must be earned in courses in a student's major and also in all courses attempted at William and Mary. Grading and Grade Reports William and Mary awards the grades A, A-; B+, B, B-; C+, C, C-; D+, D, D-; and F. In those cases where a student's work is not completed at the end of the semester the grades "I" or "G" are used. When an "I" is awarded, a student's work must be completed by the last day of classes in the following semester or the "I" automatically becomes an "F." The grade of "G" (deferred) is normally used to indicate that the instructor has deferred reporting the student's grade (the “G" does not have a time limit for completion). If a student withdraws from a course during the first nine weeks of the semester, a grade of "W" (withdrew)


is awarded. For each semester's credit in a course in which a student is graded "A," four quality points are awarded: A-, 3.7; B+, 3.3; B, 3.0; B-, 2.7; C+, 2.3; C, 2.0; C-, 1.7; D+, 1.3; D, 1.0; D-, .7; "F" carries no credit and no quality points. In the junior and senior years, students may take one elective course each semester under the pass/fail option. Proficiency, General Education Requirements, Major and Minor courses cannot be taken pass/fail. The designation "P" is used to indicate successful completion of work taken pass/fail. Students may view their grades through Banner Self Service, which can be accessed via the myWM web portal at Mid-semester progress reports are made available electronically each semester by many professors. All midterm and final grades are viewable in Banner Self Service as well. Grades, though important, are certainly not the only measure of the quality of an education. This is especially true in a college such as William and Mary, which has a highly selective student body. Although the majority of William and Mary students graduate from high school in the top 10 percent of their class, this same majority cannot be in the top 10 percent of their class at William and Mary. Continuation Requirements William and Mary has very liberal continuance standards. Since students must complete their degrees in the equivalent of 10 semesters, the continuance requirements are based on the minimum performance a student must achieve in each semester in order to graduate within 10 semesters. A student's academic performance is evaluated at the end of each semester. Continuance at the College requires that the student accrue credits and a grade point average on the following schedule: End of 1st semester: End of 2nd semester: End of 3rd semester: End of 4th semester: End of 5th semester: End of 6th semester: End of 7th semester: End of 8th semester: End of 9th semester: End of 10th semester: 1.7 GPA and 9 credits 1.7 GPA and 21 credits 1.85 GPA and 33 credits 2.00 GPA and 48 credits 2.00 GPA and 60 credits 2.00 GPA and 72 credits 2.00 GPA and 84 credits 2.00 GPA and 96 credits 2.00 GPA and 108 credits 2.00 GPA and 120 credits

Students whose work fails to meet either or both the minimum GPA and earned credit standards will be placed on probation. While on probation, they must pass at least 12 credits with a “C” average in their next semester. In addition, students on probation are required to participate in the Dean of Students’ Academic Intervention Program and to meet with their academic advisor prior to registering for the subsequent semester. They will have two regular semesters to bring their work up to the minimum standards. Failure to meet this standard means that the student will be required to withdraw. While there is no guarantee that a student who has previously been required to withdraw for academic deficiency will be allowed to return, ordinarily a student is given a second opportunity after at least one full academic semester and one summer session have passed and the student has demonstrated that he/she has overcome the difficulties that prevented earlier success. Most students have little difficulty in meeting the minimum requirements. For the past several years, for example, fewer than 1% of the College's freshmen have failed to meet the normal continuance requirement. A further indication of the success of the vast majority of William and Mary students is the fact that the College graduates over 87% of its students within four years from the date of their admission, a higher percentage than any other college or university in Virginia.


Withdrawal or Stopping Out If a student feels the need to take time off from college studies, William and Mary's regulations are flexible. A student who withdraws in good standing and does not become a degree-seeking student elsewhere is guaranteed readmission for a period of one year. Sometimes, students need time off to clarify their goals, to redirect their energies, to earn additional money for their college education, or to confront other personal issues. The vast majority who stop out do return, and most achieve at a higher level once they resume their studies. Students may seek advice about withdrawing from the Dean of Students Office. Each student is required to notify the Dean of Students Office once he/she decides to take time off from his/her studies. Other Educational Opportunities The Sharpe Community Scholars Program -- The Sharpe Community Scholars Program strengthens and expands service-learning and community-based research opportunities for undergraduates at the College of William & Mary. In Sharpe courses, students develop service projects that are embedded into the academic curriculum and meet community needs. Sharpe students have opportunities to apply academic theories to everyday problems, develop a critical understanding of socioeconomic and policy issues, and gain experience with various forms of civic participation including direct service, voting, public debate of issues and solutions, and other activities essential to the vitality of a diverse democratic society. Sharpe Community Scholars: Each year the College recognizes 75 entering freshmen with the designation of Sharpe Community Scholar. Sharpe Scholars are highly motivated first-year students who want to connect their academic studies to community activism. Stressing a highly integrative approach, Sharpe Scholars live together, enroll in one of a group of specially designated courses during their first semester, and simultaneously work in teams of three or four on year-long projects designed to assist nonprofit and government agencies. Sharpe Scholars in the W&M Class of 2011 are required to enroll in one of the following fall term courses: EDUC 150W ENG 150W GOV 150W HIST 150W INTR 150W SOC 150W Disability in the United States Language Variation and African American Vernacular English Closing the Achievement Gap Making History: Preserving the St. Luke Bank The Public Commons Project: Environmental Studies Sociological Perspectives in Community Health

Both fall and spring term, students must also enroll in a 1-credit short course INTR 100-01: College & Community. For more information, please visit our web site at or contact Monica D. Griffin at 757-221-2495. The Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies -- The Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies was established in 1989 at the College of William and Mary to foster broader understanding of global issues within the university, across the nation, and in the world beyond. The Reves Center has been committed to promoting scholarly investigation and public debate of issues that transcend individual academic disciplines and diverse regions of the world. The Reves Center promotes numerous international initiatives on campus and abroad. The Reves Center’s mission complements the historic commitment of the College of William and Mary to educate students for future leadership, integrate faculty teaching and research, and stimulate the free flow of ideas between the academic and policy-making communities. Within the Reves Center, the Global Education Office (GEO) serves students and scholars coming to


William and Mary from abroad as well as students and faculty going abroad. The International Student and Scholar Division of GEO supports over 400 international students, scholars and their families who are an integral part of the William & Mary community. The office provides visa and immigration-related services and information, counseling on adjustment issues, cultural programming, and general support services to include monthly newsletters, WorldCafé, the Global Friends Host Program, as well as semester and summer trips to local and regional areas of interest. The Study Abroad Division of GEO sends more than 700 students abroad each year for a semester, year, or summer experience. Study abroad experiences are integral to the liberal arts, providing cultural enrichment, personal development, and intellectual challenge, and the College encourages students to view study abroad as an educational objective. William & Mary faculty lead programs in Barbados, China, the Czech Republic, England, France, India, Italy, Mexico, Ireland, Russia, Scotland and Spain, and the College has partnerships, collaborations and reciprocal exchange agreements with select universities in Argentina, Australia, Canada, Costa Rica, England, France, Germany, Japan, Korea, the Netherlands, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, Syria and Taiwan. Students may also work with advisors in the Reves Center to choose from numerous other overseas programs that may better serve a student’s individual academic objectives. GEO support for students throughout the study abroad process includes advising, pre-departure orientation, and regular communication during the students’ time away. Students should visit the Global Education Office in the Reves Center to learn more about these programs, or check out the Reves Center web site at Special Interest Housing -- The College offers a novel cultural and educational experience through its special interest housing program. The Language House Program is a coeducational residential program administered by the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures for the study of foreign languages and cultures. Eight language houses are offered at present - the Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish Houses. The students of each house design and organize their own programs and activities. Most houses, with approximately 23 students per residence, are staffed by a foreign national Resident Tutor who provides written and oral language assistance. The Wendy and Emery Reves Center for International Studies includes a residence hall option for students interested in the study of foreign cultures and international relations through an intercultural, interdisciplinary approach. The Community Scholars House provides housing for students with interest and commitment to volunteer and community service projects that have an academic component to them. The Community Scholars House is coordinated through the Charles Center. The Africa House offers students an opportunity to explore the culture and languages of Africa and the Mosaic House focuses on diversity of thought and lifestyle. The W&M in Washington Program -- W&M in Washington is a competitive academic and experiential program that allows students to take classes during the school year in the William and Mary Washington Office while interning in a professional setting. The program features an academically rigorous curriculum built around a semester-by-semester topic, with internships matched to that topic. Students in the program gain tremendous insight into their field of study and practical work experience, and have the opportunity to learn from experts, executives, politicians, and policy-makers. From Law & Politics, to the Arts, to International Relations -- and areas in between -- varying semester topics allow students with all areas of interest to participate in a semester that appeals to them. Academics & Internships: Each semester, a William & Mary professor teaches two courses that are specifically designed for the W&M in Washington Program. Participating students receive 12 credits from two four-credit classes plus the academic work they complete in association with their internship. The W&M in Washington Program staff works with students to research, apply for, and secure these internships. Students spend 30-35 hours per week at their internships and the Program Director coordinates directly with each intern supervisor to provide a quality internship experience.


Life in DC: Participating students live in the heart of the Nation’s Capital, enjoying the benefits of a large metropolitan city and the attention of a small academic community. Through Program events, as well as Washington’s many social and cultural outlets, W&M in Washington students have an array of opportunities before them. With two DC-based program administrators and a student Resident Assistant, W&M in Washington provides the same quality of support to students in DC as students in Williamsburg receive. For more information and to learn about the upcoming semester topics, please visit the W&M in Washington Program web site at: The Roy R. Charles Center -- The Roy R. Charles Center’s broad mission is to enhance the quality of undergraduate teaching and learning. Many of the Center’s initiatives seek to fulfill this mission with interdisciplinary academic programs that straddle or fall outside of the department structure in Arts and Sciences. In addition, the Center has a particular interest in recruiting and providing special academic, co-curricular, and scholarship resources for James Monroe Scholars and other academically distinguished undergraduate and graduate students. To improve teaching and learning at the College, the Charles Center has initiated the freshman seminar program; cultivated opportunities for undergraduate research; created mechanisms for integrating the teaching and research missions of the College; provided cocurricular venues for student intellectual exchange; and supported diverse curriculum development and teaching enhancement programs for faculty. For more information, please see our web site, Local Internship Program -- The College offers numerous opportunities for students to explore career options and to gain actual experience to complement their classroom education. Through the Local Internship Program, William and Mary students participate in local off-campus internships, working during an academic semester with an agency, organization, business, or professional person in the greater Williamsburg community. For summer internships, the Career Center collaborates with other nationally selective colleges in hosting a database of over 7,000 internships across the country. Visit our web site at Washington Summer Internship Program -- The Career Center and the William and Mary Washington office collaborate in offering a summer-long program for 200+ students living and interning in Washington. The program includes events on career advice, networking opportunities with alumni in a variety of career fields, and professional skills development; social events such as happy hours and Nationals games; and exclusive tours of landmarks like the Pentagon, the National Archives and the National Gallery of Art. More details about the program can be found at Students living in the DC Metro area interested in participating in the Washington Summer Program may contact Meghan Comey, Washington Office Program Assistant, at 202-939-4000 or Students may also sign up through the W&M Career Center web site Release of Student Information Parents should be aware that federal law (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended) and the Statement of Rights and Responsibilities of the College of William and Mary restrict the information concerning students that the College can make available without the student's consent. Grades, correspondence concerning academic status, notices of disciplinary action, Honor Council decisions, information regarding a student's psychological or physical health, and scholarship and financial information are released to parents or other parties only upon the receipt of a written request from the student. Since the age of maturity in Virginia is 18, students are also held responsible for their college expenses and bills are sent to them.


Exceptions to this policy are only made under the conditions specified by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. These are: a. directory information (routine information concerning a student's name, address, telephone number, etc.) unless the student has specifically submitted a request that their directory information be confidential, which would prevent the College from releasing to anyone information about the student (name, address, phone number) or his/her relationship with the institution (enrolled/not enrolled, etc.) b. release of information in an emergency where such information is necessary for the protection of the health or safety of the student c. release of information to other College staff members who have a legitimate educational need for the information d. in connection with financial aid for which a student has applied; and e. under court order or subpoena The College, of course, recognizes that parents are interested in the progress and welfare of their sons and daughters, and the staff is eager to address parents' concerns. Parents and students are encouraged to discuss their feelings about the need to receive information the College would otherwise consider confidential and arrive at an understanding about this important matter before the student leaves for College. Parents who want to receive academic, disciplinary, or financial information routinely should ask their student to file the release form available in the office of the Dean of Students. The Honor System and Student Conduct Philosophy The judicial and honor systems at the College of William and Mary exist to provide a living and learning environment that reflects the values of the College community, including those of personal integrity and responsibility. All students and student groups are expected to be aware of and adhere to the high standards of the College, both in and out of the classroom. Since most of today’s students are aged 18 or older, colleges and universities have a clear legal obligation to accord them all the rights of adult citizens. For William and Mary, the concepts of student rights and student responsibilities are inseparable. The College’s desire is that students will leave William and Mary with confidence in their ability to make wise and responsible decisions, not only for themselves, but for the communities and world in which they live. A complete statement of policies and regulations, including the Honor Code, is found in the Student Handbook at The Honor System Among the most significant traditions of the College of William and Mary is the student-administered code of conduct known as the Honor System. In fact, it is generally acknowledged that the Honor System emerged at William and Mary prior to 1779, when the College was reorganized under Thomas Jefferson’s leadership, making it the oldest honor system in the nation. The primary function of the Honor System is to educate and to instill a common sense of honor in the heterogeneous student body. The Honor Code is an agreement among all students not to lie, cheat, or steal. This agreement is effective upon matriculation at the College and continues throughout a student’s enrollment, even though that enrollment may not be continuous. Every member of the College community has an expressed interest in preserving the integrity of the community, and every member is responsible for upholding and enforcing the Honor Code. The System cannot function unless each member of the community takes action when he or she believes that any person may have violated the Honor Code. Violations of the Honor Code - lying, cheating, or stealing - are taken seriously at William and Mary. All academic work undertaken by a student must be completed independently unless the faculty member


expressly authorizes collaboration with another. Plagiarism is considered cheating, and any amount of improperly attributed material may be sufficient to find plagiarism. An intent to deceive or reckless disregard for proper scholarly procedures may be presumed when a significant amount of improper material is presented as if it were the student’s own work. While there is no uniform penalty for an honor offense, the result is frequently separation from the College for one or more semesters. Rules and Regulations At William and Mary, all members of the community share in the responsibility of achieving the educational purposes of the College. Students are expected to conduct themselves in a fashion that will allow the pursuit of scholarly activities and the opportunity for personal growth and development. Like other communities, the College has rules and regulations that are designed to ensure that the rights of each member of the community are protected and that each individual is responsible for his or her conduct. While the College’s disciplinary processes are educative in nature, it considers the observance of local, state, and federal laws of equal importance with its own regulations. The College may initiate disciplinary proceedings against a student whose conduct leads to arrest, indictment, or conviction for violation of law without awaiting court action. All students, their guests, and all organizations must observe Virginia law regarding the purchase and consumption of alcoholic beverages. The legal age for drinking or possessing alcoholic beverages in Virginia is 21. College regulations, in accordance with the law, also prohibit the illegal possession, consumption, and merchandising of other drugs and provide for penalties up to and including dismissal from the College.


On-Campus Living Options All freshmen at William and Mary (with the exception of a few who are permanent residents of Williamsburg), and most upper class students, live in one of the College's residence halls. Seventy-five percent (75%) of William and Mary's undergraduates live in College housing. While the College has a wide variety of housing options, ranging from apartments to small lodges to single rooms and suites, all freshmen live in traditional residence halls in single, double, triple and four-person rooms. The largest hall accommodates 278 students. All first-year students live in smoke-free, coeducational residence halls. Coeducational means men and women live in the same building but on different floors or in separate wings. Students who submit their Freshman Roommate Questionnaires late will be placed wherever space is available. Transfer students are assigned to spaces in housing designated for upperclass undergraduates. Applications are available for review on the Residence Life web site located at the following address: For more information regarding Residence Life and specific housing policies, please access Residence Hall Staffing Residence Halls are managed by a carefully trained and highly competent staff. The College’s residences are divided into seven areas of 600-700 students each. Each area is staffed by a full-time, live-in member of the administration called an Area Director. Reporting to the Area Director are Head Residents and Hall Directors who are upperclass or graduate students employed to assist in the management of individual buildings in the area. Resident Assistants are student staff members who live on each floor or wing of a residence hall. In the freshman areas, there is an average of one staff member for each 25 students. In the upper-level undergraduate buildings, there is an average of one staff member for each 35 students. Room Furnishings and Residence Hall Facilities Residence hall rooms are equipped with basic furnishings by the College. Each student is provided a bed and mattress, desk, chair, chest of drawers, and closet space. A recycling receptacle is provided in each room. All rooms have at least one window, some have more. Window coverings are provided for each window. Floors are tiled and the majority of rooms are equipped with a sink and medicine cabinet. The mattresses are 36 inches wide and vary in length from 75-80 inches. Most standard sheets will fit. Telephone service is provided but students must bring their own phones. Portable telephones must be 900 MHz. Personal room furnishings vary with the student. A fan is a must. A study lamp is strongly recommended as is a small bookcase and a trash can. A pillow, if desired, must be provided along with other furnishings to decorate the room to the student's taste. Air conditioners are not permitted except in those cases when the Director of the Student Health Service certifies that a medical need exists for them. Even if assigned to an air-conditioned residence hall, students who are approved to have a room air conditioner for health reasons should make arrangements to have one installed in their room. In accordance with the Housing Contract, central air-conditioning is turned off no later than October 15 and turned on no earlier than April 15. Refrigerators of more than 4.3 cubic feet are prohibited. Small personal refrigerators may be rented on campus. Waterbeds, pets, burning candles or incense (or any open flame), and firearms are never permitted in student rooms; neither are toaster ovens, electric fry pans, hot plates, bread makers, or any appliances with open heating elements. Extension cords are prohibited in the residence halls; residents must use surge-protected cords only. Torchère halogen lamps are prohibited, but other halogen lamp styles are permitted (including desk lamps). Coffee pots, popcorn poppers, and small microwave ovens are permitted. Other items that might be purchased in advance of a student's arrival include


laundry detergent and basic cleaning supplies. All residence halls have lounges for the use of the residents, and most have one or more kitchens as well. Washers and dryers are also provided in the residences. All are coin-operated and have ID readers so students can use funds from their William and Mary Express cards. Some residence halls have their own storage rooms where trunks and other large items can be placed during the year. Limited summer storage areas are also available to continuing students, but the College cannot take responsibility for the items students might store. Self-Determination You will hear a lot about "self-determination" at William and Mary. That is the name of the philosophy which gives direction to life in the residence halls. The students in each residence hall help determine the rules and regulations under which they will live together for the year. They elect a governing council and help develop guidelines concerning the maintenance of a clean and orderly environment, quiet hours, and the use of public areas, smoking, and visitation by guests to the building, and a number of other matters that will affect their lives together. The College reviews the guidelines adopted by the residents to ensure that the individuals' rights of privacy and freedom of personal choice and movement and the educational goals of the institution are protected. Under this policy, for example, students may have guests, including those of the opposite sex, in their rooms during whatever hours the residents of the building set. Under no circumstances, regardless of the hours chosen, is a student permitted to have a guest in the room if the presence of the guest would interfere with the privacy and freedom of the roommate. According to the Housing Agreement, residents must have the consent of the roommate(s) in order for a guest to stay overnight. Students are expected to help enforce the policies they adopt. That sometimes requires assertiveness and maturity. Staff-led discussions on issues that can arise as a result of self-determination and suggestions concerning ways to resolve them take place in each residence hall at the beginning of and throughout each year. On occasion there are students who will try to take advantage of the self-determination policy. When that happens, the student who is being imposed upon should contact the Residence Life staff for help in resolving such a dilemma. Actions that violate the rights of individual students or that violate College regulations are not tolerated, but the staff cannot get involved if they are not made aware of the problem. Self-determination gives resident students a good deal of influence on the kind and quality of environment in which they will study and live. They engage in a measure of self-governance. By daily involvement in making decisions having important effects on their lives, students learn to examine the standards and values that influence their choices and develop a framework for effective decision-making. William and Mary firmly believes that this is the best kind of education for responsible citizenship. Security While the College imposes no curfew on its students, it does insist that the exterior doors of all residence halls be secured 24 hours a day. Students with valid ID cards may access residence halls from 7:00 AM until 12:00 AM. From 12:00 AM to 7:00 AM ID access is restricted to the residents of the building. Mail Service All undergraduate and resident students are provided, at no extra charge, a mailbox (CSU) in the campus post office. However if you lose the key you will be charged a $25 lock replacement fee. Postal Services have a Student Services window for delivery of USPS parcel post/oversize mail items and to provide you with a contact point for your questions. The window hours are 8:00 AM - 4:30PM Monday through


Friday and 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM on Saturday. Postal services also provide a USPS Contract Station window for your mailing needs. Mail is deposited in your box by 3:00 PM daily. Please do not send money or any valuables without a tracking number. The tracking number will allow the sender to determine if this piece of mail was ever received by your college Postal Services. Mail or parcels sent by way of the United States Postal Services mail should be addressed as shown below: Student's Name College Station Unit #### P.O. Box 8793 Williamsburg, VA 23187-(student’s 4-digit Unit #)

Items shipped by way of UPS, FedEx, DHL, and other similar carriers should be addressed as shown below: Student’s Name College Station Unit #### 110 University Center Williamsburg, VA 23185 You are responsible for transporting these items to your residence. If you are returning any item you may use Postal Services as a pickup point for these items but you must call the vendor to schedule the pickup. These items will be available for pickup at the Student Service Window after processing from 8:00 AM 4:30 PM Monday through Friday and on Saturday 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM. When you come to Postal Services to pick up your package bring your package slip from your CSU box or the email from to expedite the process. For more Mail Service information go to myWM webpage and click on favorites, then Facilities Management, next Postal Services, and then select the “POST TIPS” that will provide you with some helpful information. If additional information is needed email: with your inquiry. Holiday Periods The residence halls are not open for occupancy during the break between semesters. At the end of the fall semester, residence halls are closed to all residents at 12 noon on the day following the last scheduled examinations. During the Thanksgiving Break, selected buildings are open on a limited basis for students who need to remain in the area; students must make individual arrangements with a current resident of an open building for permission to use their room during the break. At the end of the second semester, residents must check out of their rooms no more than 48 hours after their last regularly-scheduled exam. Graduating students and those residents who receive special permission may stay until 12 noon on the day following Commencement when all residence halls close for the semester. The residence halls are open during the fall and spring Breaks, but on-campus dining services are limited during these times. End of Semester Travel As you make plans for your student’s travel at the end of the semester, please be sure he or she consults the published final examination schedule. Because there are few circumstances for which final exams may be rescheduled, it is important that any travel be scheduled to occur after the scheduled date of your student’s last exam. In the past, some students have been disappointed when their exams could not be


rescheduled to accommodate a desire to travel prior to their official examination date. Please note that the exam schedule is published prior to the start of each semester and is included in the materials students receive for course registration. You might also consult the William and Mary Registrar’s Office web site at Telephones, Computers, and Cable Information Technology Mission -- As William and Mary's computing and communications resource, Information Technology is responsible for providing, promoting, and servicing a modern technology infrastructure for the College. IT is a service-based organization, providing students with the necessary tools and resources to maximize their learning experience. We provide creative, stimulating, and innovative solutions, always in keeping with the William and Mary standards of excellence. The Information Technology department is devoted to assisting students through the Technology Support Center (help desk) and our extensive web site. With these points of interaction, we hope to help faculty, staff, and students become proficient users of campus technology. The following summaries provide a brief overview of some of the current services of Information Technology. To view the most current information on technology services at the College check the IT web site at Telephones -- Students are responsible for providing their own phones for use in the residence halls. There is only one active telephone jack per residence hall room. Students may use additional accessories such as fax machines, headsets, tape recorders, and personal answering machines. The College's voicemail system provides each student with a private mailbox, accessible from their residence hall phone and College phones across campus. Information Technology provides long-distance calling through the use of an authorization code that will be provided to the student via a web page at Long distance is available in the residence hall rooms and on College phones across campus. IT bills are available online at and can be paid monthly with the William and Mary Express Card or in person at the Bursar’s office on campus. A paper copy of the bill will be provided upon request. Computers -- IT offers a wide range of desktop and software support for students, including guidance and training in the installation and use of a variety of software, connection to ResNet (the Residential network), web publishing, and general computer troubleshooting. All students are provided with disk space on the W&M network in which they can securely store mail, data files, and host their personal web pages. Network storage allows students to easily access their information from their computer, classrooms, and the Public Access Computer Labs (PAC Labs). Each student is provided with a high-speed connection to the William & Mary network and Internet in their residence hall room. Residence halls are equipped with wireless access. Each student should configure his or her computer with an Ethernet network interface card (NIC). Students living off-campus use a telephone or cable modem with an Internet Service Provider (ISP). The network connection allows student computers to connect to the College's network resources, Swem Library's automated card catalog, on-line course registration and information, e-mail, the Internet, the World Wide Web, and other database services. Students planning to purchase computers to bring to campus should check the Information Technology web site for purchasing recommendations at or by calling 757-221-4357. Nearly 400 computers with Internet access are available to students in the College's PAC Labs, located in several buildings across campus. PAC Labs feature high-end, business class computers running Windows XP and laser printers; five labs are equipped with scanning stations. Students are charged $.05/page for


all printing in the PAC Labs and these charges will appear on their IT bill. Cable Television -- Information Technology operates and administers the campus cable television system. Each residence hall room has a single cable connection, receiving 70 channels of cable service, including the College movie channel that features movies selected by a student voting process. To access campus cable, you must either have a cable-ready TV or VCR. Student Property Insurance Since William and Mary cannot insure students' personal belongings against fire, theft or other loss, even if they are residing in one of our residence halls, it is important that students purchase such protection. In some cases, a parent's homeowner policy may provide such coverage. Most will need to arrange special coverage. If students are not already covered, special policies for college students are available from most insurance companies.


International Students The College of William and Mary includes among its student body over 250 students from other nations. The Global Education Office (GEO) at the Reves Center provides visa and immigration-related services and information, counseling on adjustment issues, orientation and cultural programming, and general support services to include monthly newsletters, WorldCafé, the Global Friends Host Program, and semester trips to local and regional areas of interest. The office web site,, is a valuable resource for additional information for new and continuing international students. To reach the office, please call 757-221-3594. Disability Services Disability Services strives to create a comprehensively accessible living and learning environment to ensure that students with disabilities are viewed on the basis of ability by considering reasonable accommodation on an individual and flexible basis. The decision to request accommodation is voluntary and a matter of individual choice. Students seeking accommodation are strongly encouraged to notify the College and submit all supporting documentation early to allow adequate time for planning. Documentation of Medical Disability In general, documentation should not be older than three years from the date of the first accommodation request. As appropriate to the disability, the College expects medical documentation to include the following seven elements: 1. A diagnostic statement identifying the disability, the date of the most current diagnostic evaluation, and the date of the original diagnosis. 2. A description of the diagnostic tests, methods, and/or criteria used. 3. A description of the current functional impact of the disability, which includes specific test results and the examiner’s narrative interpretation. 4. Treatments, medications, or assistive devices/services currently prescribed or in use. 5. A description of the expected progression or stability of the impact of the disability over time, particularly the next five years. 6. The credentials of the diagnosing professional if not clear from the letterhead or other forms. 7. The diagnosing professional may not be a family member. Documentation of Cognitive Impairment Documentation of cognitive impairment such as a specific learning disability, an attention deficit disorder, or a physical, medical, and psychological disorder affecting learning must include a comprehensive report of psycho-educational or neuropsychological assessment that complies with the specified guidelines. For more information concerning these specific documentation guidelines, please refer to the Disability Services web site at: Documentation is expected to demonstrate the impact of disability upon major life activities and to support all recommended accommodations. Documentation of disability is confidential and will not be released without the student’s written consent. For more information about Disability Services, please contact: Lisa Colligan, Assistant Dean of Students 109 Campus Center, P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795 757-221-2510 Voice / 757-221-2302 TDD -- 757-221-757-2208 Fax


Student Financial Assistance and Employment Almost all of the money William and Mary has available for assisting students with their education is awarded on the basis of need of the student. Financial aid may be awarded in the form of grants, loans, and part-time employment. In most cases, the financial aid package includes all three forms of assistance. Need is established through the submission of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Since William and Mary is a state-supported institution, priority in financial assistance is given to Virginia undergraduates. Ordinarily, Virginia residents may expect sufficient support to enable them to attend the College for four years, while out-of-state students are granted partial to full support depending on the availability of funds. Part-time work opportunities are available on the William and Mary campus and in the greater Williamsburg area. Students who receive college work study as part of their financial assistance are given priority for employment over students who wish to work in order to defray some of their educational costs. Most on-campus jobs are limited to 15 hours per week. Given William and Mary's rigorous academic standards, it is not recommended that students commit more than 15 hours per week to a job. Emergency loans are available to students through the Office of Student Financial Aid. The Emergency Loan Program allows students to borrow up to $100 for a period of 30 days without interest. This temporary loan is available once a semester to students who, because of extenuating circumstances, cannot secure needed financing from family or friends. Information about financial assistance and student employment is available from the Office of Student Financial Aid and on the Financial Aid web site at Dining Services William & Mary Dining Services provides a comprehensive dining program, featuring a variety of meal plan options to meet the needs of each student. There are three full-service dining facilities on campus: The Fresh Food Company at the Commons and RFoC Center Court in The University Center provide “unlimited seconds” style dining and The Marketplace Café in the Campus Center, offers a la carte options. Dining Services also features numerous retail venues accepting Flex Points: Quiznos at Lodge 1 in The University Center; The Dodge Room at Phi Beta Kappa Hall; Swem Café at Swem Library; Java City Café at Marshall Wythe School of Law; The Students’ X-change, a convenient store located on the lower level in The University Center, offering vegetarian products, quick and easy meals, beverages, Java City specialty coffees, snacks and much more; a mini C3 at The Marketplace featuring many grab-n-go items and a mini C3 and Java City Cyber Café at the Commons. William & Mary Dining Services offers students a total of seven meal plans to choose from. The Gold Plus Plan which provides “unlimited meals” throughout the day and The Gold 19, Gold 14 and Gold 10 meal plans which provide a guaranteed number of meals per week. Our Block meal plans provide a guaranteed number of meals per semester. All of the meal plans include Flex Points. Flex Points are additional, non-taxable dollars included in the meal plan to provide flexibility and convenience to be used at any of our dining locations. The amount of Flex Points varies according to the meal plan selected. Additional Flex Points may be purchased in increments of $10 and added to your meal plan at anytime during the semester. Freshmen are required to purchase the Gold Plus, Gold 19, Gold 14 or Gold 10 meal plan. For meal plan purposes, a freshman is defined as any student in his or her first year of residence at the College and housed in a residential facility. All meal plans are non-transferable. To sign up for a meal plan you can visit our web site at Select fall 2007 Meal Plan, select the link to meal plan enrollment, and log in using your WM user Id and password. To make a change to your meal plan selection after you have completed your enrollment you will need to do one of the following: visit, call the ID office at 757-221-2105 or email the ID Office at anytime throughout the Summer, or you may make the change during the add/drop period August 28 through September 7 . For more information on meal plans, contact Dining Services at


757-221-2110. Changes and/or cancellations will not be permitted after the add/drop period (there is a $25.00 cancellation fee for meal plans cancelled after the add/drop period). You can purchase a prorated meal plan and/or additional Flex Points at any time during the semester. If you purchase a prorated meal plan, you will not be permitted to cancel or make any changes to the meal plan for the remainder of the semester. Refunds or charges for adding, changing, or canceling a meal plan are prorated weekly. Refunds are not permitted on additional Flex Point purchases. Prorated meal plans may be purchased by visiting the Bursar’s Office in Blow Hall. Additional Flex Points may be purchased at the ID Office in The Campus Center as well as the Bursar’s Office in Blow Hall, The Students’ X-change in The University Center, Java City Café at Marshall Wythe School of Law, or Starbucks Café at Swem Library. Meal Plans The Gold Plus Plan - $1798.00/semester (Unlimited meals per week) This plan allows unlimited access to The Fresh Food Company at The Commons and RFoC Center Court in The University Center. This meal plan is not subject to the meal zone restriction at our two “unlimited seconds” dining facilities. Should you choose to dine at The Marketplace Café in the Campus Center or the Dodge Room, you may use Flex Points or exchange a meal for a pre-determined meal option (limited to 1 meal option per meal zone). The Gold Plus Plan also provides you with $125 in Flex Points, which may be used at any of our “grab-n’-go” locations on campus. The Dean of Students and The Food Advisory Committee, made up of students, recommend the Gold Plus Plan for its flexibility and unlimited access throughout campus. You also receive 5 guest meals with the Gold Plus plan to use for visiting family members or friends. The Gold 19 Plan - $1564.00/semester (19 meals per week) This plan provides 3 meals per day Monday-Friday and 2 meals on Saturday and Sunday, 1 per meal zone at The Fresh Food Company at The Commons and RFoC Center Court in The University Center. Should you choose to dine at The Marketplace Café in the Campus Center, you may use Flex Points or exchange a meal for a pre-determined meal option (limited to 1 meal option per meal zone). The Gold 19 also provides you with $100 in Flex Points, which may be used at any of our “grab-n’-go” locations on campus. The Gold 14 Plan - $1564.00/semester (14 meals per week) This plan provides 14 meals per week, limited to 3 meals per day Monday-Friday and 2 meals on Saturday and Sunday, 1 per meal zone at The Fresh Food Company at The Commons Dining Hall and RFoC Center Court in The University Center. Should you choose to dine at The Marketplace Café in the Campus Center or Dodge Room, you may use Flex Points or exchange a meal for a pre-determined meal option (limited to 1 meal option per meal zone). The Gold 14 Plan also provides you with $175 Flex Points, which can be used at any of our “grab-n’-go” locations on campus. The Gold 10 plan - $1564.00/per semester (10 meals per week) This plan provides 10 meals per week, limited to 3 meals per day, when offered, 1 per meal zone at The Fresh Food Company at The Commons Dining Hall and RFoC Center Court in The University Center. Should you choose to dine at The Marketplace Café in the Campus Center or Dodge Room, you may use Flex Points or exchange a meal for a pre-determined meal option (limited to 1 meal option per meal zone). The Gold 10 Plan also provides you with $250 Flex Points, which can be used at any of our “grabn’-go” locations on campus. *Meal plan weeks begins at breakfast on Wednesday and ends after dinner on Tuesday.


The Block Plans Block 120, $1320.00/semester: Block 90, $1144.00/semester: Block 60, $946.00/semester:

120 total meals + $250 Flex Points 90 total meals + $300 Flex Points 60 total meals + $325 Flex Points

Block Plans come with a pre-determined number of all-you-care-to eat meals that can be eaten on any day at the RFoC Center Court, Fresh Food Company at the Commons, or The Marketplace Café. All Meal Plans At the end of each semester all remaining meals become void. Flex Points will transfer from fall to spring with the purchase of a spring meal plan. Remaining meals and Flex Points will be forfeited at the end of the spring semester. Meal Zones and Prices Breakfast 7:00 AM - 10:45 AM; Brunch 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM (offered Saturday and Sunday); Lunch 10:46 AM - 4:29 PM; Dinner 4:30 PM - 10:00 PM. These hours are campus-wide and may not always coincide with hours of operation or concept hours at each location. Flex Points may be used to purchase an “unlimited seconds” meal at The Fresh Food Company at the Commons and RFoC Center Court in the University Center at the following non-taxable door prices: Breakfast - $6.50; Brunch/Lunch - $9.00; Dinner - $9.75. Dining Locations The Fresh Food Company at The Commons The Fresh Food Company at the Commons is one of two residential dining facilities offering “unlimited seconds” style dining. The Fresh Food Company is modeled after a European marketplace, which features upscale, authentic foods from around the world prepared fresh, right before your eyes. There is no back-of-the-house kitchen in the Fresh Food Company. All foods are prepared fresh in front of the customer. The Fresh Food Company accepts all Meal Plans, Flex Points, W&M Express, cash, and credit cards. The Marketplace Café Located close to your classes and dorms in the Campus Center, the Marketplace Café, has a lot to offer this semester so you can enjoy brands you’re familiar with, as well as our own local favorites. Stop by to enjoy: Chick-fil-A, Capiche Italian concept, Zoca’s Mexican Concept, Home Zone, Montague’s Deli, GrilleWorks, Starbucks, and Freshens Smoothies and Ice Cream as well as express coolers with specialty sandwiches, salads, sushi, parfaits, fresh fruit and more. The Marketplace accepts meals from all Meal Plans, Flex Points, W&M Express, Cash and Credit Cards. RFoC Center Court Located in the University Center, RFoC is one of two residential dining facilities offering “unlimited seconds” style dining with your Meal Plan. Center Court also provides carryout and express meals for purchase using Flex Points, W&M Express, cash, or Credit Card. Lodge1/Quiznos Located beside the Students' X-change in the lower level of the University Center is Lodge 1, which features our Sushi Bar and Quiznos, an upscale sandwich concept. Designed for today's busy students, faculty and staff who are looking for a tastier, fresher alternative to many of today's traditional fast food restaurants, Quiznos stands above all other sub sandwiches by offering toasted subs on specialty proprietary breads, complimented hand sliced meats and cheeses, with the freshest ingredients and signature sauces. If you are trying to avoid bread these days, Quiznos offers alternative wraps and salads. All items are available for purchase using Flex Points, W&M Express, cash, or credit cards.


C3 at the Commons This C3, a miniature version of the Students’ X-change, features an express cooler with signature sandwiches, salads and desserts, vegetarian food, and ice cream and is sure to provide you with late morning, afternoon, or late night snacks. The C3 accepts: Flex Points, W&M Express, cash, and credit cards. Java City Cyber Café Java City Cyber Café Java City Cyber Café at The Commons offers a place to sit and relax or join your friends while enjoying the tastes of specialty coffee drinks, gourmet pastries, smoothies, fruits, yogurt parfaits, and more. The Commons Java City Cyber Café accepts; Flex Points, W&M Express, cash, and credit cards. The Dodge Room Located in the academic portion of campus, The Dodge Room features snacks, salads, sandwiches, coffee, and baked goods for purchase using Flex Points and as lunch meal option. We also offer a small variety of health and beauty needs and convenience items. The Students’ X-change Located in the University Center, The Students’ X-change, our on-campus convenience store, has all you need to stock your room with everyday needs and offers many snack items to keep you going through the day. To make life easy, we provide numerous grocery items including, bottled beverages, frozen entrees, bulk candy, and much more available for purchase using Flex Points. We also offer limited school supplies, magazines and other items essential to campus life, available for purchase with W&M Express, cash, check, or credit card. Freshens at the Rec Center This is the place to go to indulge in an energy bar or nutritional beverage after your work out! Made from real fruits and optional Met-Rx Energy Booster, Smoothies can be quite the thing to pick you up! Also available are fresh cut fruits & vegetables, gourmet wraps, sandwiches & salads, organic items, Sushi and desserts. W&M Student Catering Services W&M Catering Services is located on the lower level of the University Center and offers a variety of student oriented, cost efficient catering options for individuals and/or organizations. Call 757-221-3702 for more information, or email Additional Dining Services Dine with the Director This monthly meeting is held to provide students a casual atmosphere to speak with the Director of Dining Services. This is the perfect opportunity to address any questions or concerns regarding the dining program. Dine with the Director dates are advertised at all dining locations. Everyone is welcome! Nutritional Analysis – Healthy Lifestyle Resources The Dining Services web site posts the daily menu for both residential restaurants, the Fresh Food Company at The Commons and RFoC at Center Court. A student can access the nutritional information on any prepared item served by simply clicking on the desired menu item. Additionally, our web site contains a link to healthy lifestyles web sites and nutritional information for our national franchises on campus. Should additional nutritional or dietary assistance be needed, contact our offices and we will get you in contact with our registered dietician.


Domino’s Pizza Delivery You will be able to receive Pizza delivery with Dominos right to your dorm room or off campus housing using your dining Flex Points. Simply call 229-8885 to place your order. Restricted Diets Students with special dietary needs should contact Dining Services upon arriving on campus at 757-2212110 or by email at Dining Services will make every effort possible to accommodate any special needs. Sick Meals If you are ill and unable to get to a dining hall, Dining Services will be more than happy to put together a meal to go for you. You may obtain a Sick Form from our dining web site at Fill out the requested information and submit the form to a friend or your RA to receive a meal. They will need to provide the cashier with the form and your Student ID to obtain your meal at the dining hall. Something From Home Birthday Cakes and Hip Kits care packages. A unique gift program that allows both parents and students the opportunity to remember that special someone on his or her birthday, at exam time, or for any other special occasion during the year. Surprise gift packages are a great way to say, Thinking of You, Good Luck, or Love from Home. Call 757-2212110 for more information on birthday cakes and baked goods or visit our web site at and click on Hip Kits for care packages. Student Employment Numerous employment opportunities exist including student manager positions and our elite Presidential Catering Staff which are available for William & Mary students! A job with Dining Services gives you a choice of convenient locations and a flexible schedule to meet the demands of your class schedules and other activities. We offer a free meal to those students who work a minimum of 4.5 consecutive hours. In addition, scholarships are available to qualifying students who work for Dining Services. Call our Human Resources Department at 757-221-2112 for more information, check out our employment section and apply on-line at or email Betty Piretra at Vegetarian Meals Each of the three full-service dining facilities on campus features a vegetarian entree station during each meal period. Dining Services also holds a monthly meeting to discuss dietary needs for vegetarians and vegans on campus. The meeting is a perfect opportunity to get recipes, suggest changes, and address questions or concerns. These meetings are advertised in all dining locations and everyone is welcome. Contact Information For more information regarding William & Mary Dining Services, dining hours of operation or updates, please call 757-221-2110; email; or visit our web site at Our mailing address is: William & Mary Dining Services, PO Box 2594, Williamsburg, VA 23187. *Dining Services’ goal is to not only to meet, but to exceed the needs of William & Mary students. The services provided at our dining locations and hours of operation may change based on feedback from the student body and the Food Advisory Committee. Meal plan prices are subject to approval by The College of William & Mary Board of Visitors. Special Facilities University Center William and Mary’s University Center serves as a central gathering place for the College community. This 98,000 sq. ft. building includes the Center Court dining area, Lodge 1, a modern theater, meeting


rooms, lounges, an ATM, ballrooms, a terrace, expanded postal services, a small convenience store, a student lounge, and a games area. The Daily Grind Adjacent to the University Center’s outdoor terrace is The Daily Grind, William and Mary’s campus coffee shop which is open daily from 7 AM - Midnight. Serving a wide variety of coffees, teas, and pastries, the Daily Grind is a regular hangout for students wanting to socialize or study in a relaxed atmosphere. Campus Center The Campus Center offers a variety of both educational and recreational programs and services. In addition to the Marketplace dining area, the building provides a candy desk with check-cashing service, offices for student organizations, campus publications and the College radio station, a small theater, an ATM, a large multi-purpose room, a fully-equipped darkroom, the ID Office, and the Watson Assistive Technology Lab for students who are visually impaired. The Campus Center also houses a number of Student Affairs offices including the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Dean of Students, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Office of Disability Services, the Student Activities Office, the Office of Student Volunteer Services, and Residence Life. Recreational Sports The Recreational Sports program provides a well-balanced group of activities for the entire campus community. With informal recreation, 25 intramural sports, 45 club sports, fitness and wellness programs, and the largest student employment force on campus, Recreational Sports is THE activity hub of the campus, involving more than 80% of students annually. The Student Recreation Center, located behind William and Mary Hall, contains 4 basketball and 4 volleyball courts, 2 weight rooms, 2 multi-purpose rooms, a MAC court for indoor soccer and court hockey, indoor climbing wall, free weight area, cardio fitness area, 3 racquetball courts, 1 squash court, a sauna, large pool, showers, lockers and a juice and snack bar. Adair Gymnasium is open for informal recreation and provides facilities for swimming, badminton, volleyball, and basketball. The College provides 4 tennis courts, jogging trails, an exercise trail, and numerous other playing fields. William and Mary Hall houses a martial arts/fencing room, the fitness studio, and the campus’ major arena. Go to our web site at for more information on our facilities and activities. The intramural component consists of competitive activities for all skill levels. Traditional sports like softball, basketball, and football are augmented by a diversity of sports like floor hockey, dodgeball, kickball, 3-pt. shooting contests, and miniature golf. The sport club program provides students with the opportunity to organize their own competitive activity and to compete against similar groups from other local colleges. Current clubs include badminton, ballroom dance, baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, crew, croquet, cycling, equestrian, fencing, field hockey, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, judo, kendo, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, martial arts, the outdoor club, rock climbing, racquetball, men's rugby, women's rugby, running, sailing, Shotokan Karate, women's soccer, men’s soccer, softball, squash, surfing, swimming, synchronized swimming, Tae Kwon Do, tennis, men’s ultimate frisbee, women’s ultimate frisbee, men's volleyball, women’s volleyball, wrestling, and yoga. The fitness offerings include 60+ aerobic programs each week. Other programs include personal training and massage therapy. We will be offering Outdoor trips throughout the year that are open to students, faculty and staff. There will be one day trips, weekend trips and trips that last a little longer over school breaks.


William and Mary is blessed by its physical setting. The campus includes 1,200 acres, a large lake, and extensive woods and fitness trails. Matoaka is the site of an amphitheater and has facilities for group picnics. In addition to these activities, the campus and the City of Williamsburg provide a number of other opportunities for recreation. Jogging in the surrounding area is a popular pastime. Similarly, bicycling around the city or along the Colonial Parkway to Yorktown and Jamestown provides exercise and relaxation for students. The restored area also offers limitless possibilities for long walks. Intercollegiate Athletics William and Mary offers an exceptionally well-balanced program in intercollegiate athletics for men and women. Its aim is to offer a broad-based program with the goal of being nationally competitive in selected sports. The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics administers 11 men's and 12 women's intercollegiate sports, all of which compete in NCAA Division I. The department is housed in William and Mary Hall. The "Tribe's" sports for men are football and baseball; for women: field hockey, lacrosse and volleyball; and for both men and women: basketball, soccer, cross country, tennis, indoor track, outdoor track, gymnastics, swimming, and golf. Students are admitted to all on-campus intercollegiate athletic contests in which William and Mary competes free of charge with a valid ID card. The only exception is on-campus Conference or NCAA tournament games, for which a student priced ticket will be required for admission, as legislated by the NCAA. Ticket information for parents and friends can be obtained by calling the William and Mary Box Office at 757-221-3340. For up-to-date information on sports or to view competitive schedules, visit Student Government, Activities, and Organizations At William and Mary, academics must come first. But the College does not want its students to become so grade-conscious or apathetic that they neglect other dimensions of their personal development. A sizeable portion of a student's education at William and Mary takes place in the residence halls, on the playing fields, at concerts and lectures, and in other non-classroom activities. While good judgment must dictate the amount of participation a student can have and still perform up to his or her capacity academically, it is important for a student to get involved in some activity both for its benefits in terms of personal growth and also as a change of pace from other pursuits. Student Government At William and Mary student governance is officially vested in the Student Assembly. The Assembly provides a voice for student opinion and a means through which students participate in the growth of a strong community. In addition to providing a voice for students, the Assembly works to educate and inform the student body about university proposals, initiatives, and actions; to fairly and equitably allocate the student activity fee; and to provide cultural and social programming and student services. All students are members of this student government organization and are encouraged to become involved in its functions. Activities and Organizations The potential for involvement in activities and organizations takes many forms. The College sponsors eight undergraduate student publications, and an FM-radio station. There are political clubs, fraternities and sororities, religious organizations representing a host of faith traditions, 30+ clubs and organizations related to various academic departments, and over 300 interest groups ranging from the Black Students Organization to the William and Mary Film Society and the International Relations Club. The University Center Activities Board (UCAB) is the premier programming group on campus, sponsoring a variety of


entertainment opportunities including comedy, music, lectures, coffee houses, films, and other special events. Volunteer Services For more than 300 years, William and Mary has had a long tradition of volunteering time and talent for the benefit of others. Recent research indicates that approximately 70% of our students have participated in some form of community service giving 150,000 hours each year. With help and guidance from staff in the Office of Student Volunteer Services, students are successful in identifying meaningful opportunities for making their world a better place. Cultural Programming and the Arts Cultural programs at the College are of two varieties. On the one hand, there are the programs sponsored and planned by the College and featuring guest artists and exhibits from outside the College community. These include the Lively Arts Series, the William and Mary Theater season, several film programs, and special guest speakers. Annual subscriptions are available to the Lively Arts Series and the William and Mary Theater. Information concerning these programs is mailed to all students during the summer months. Most of the other programs of a cultural nature are provided without charge or at a nominal onetime admission rate. Ample opportunities also exist for students to participate personally in cultural expression: the William and Mary Choir and Chorus, the Band, the College-community orchestra, the Jazz Band, the Pep Band, various a cappella groups, the William and Mary Theater, The Covenant Players, Ebony Expression Gospel Choir, Sinfonicron Light Opera Company, and Orchesis (a moderndance group). Student art exhibits, displays, and sales are also sponsored throughout the year. New students are eligible to participate in all of these activities and are frequently prominent in their involvement and contribution. While students are expected to keep a balance between academics and extracurricular activities, there is no grade point average that must be maintained in order to continue taking part in out-of-class activities. A minimum grade point average is required for joining Greek organizations and many now require a minimum for continued membership. A student's involvement and participation is limited only by the amount of time he/she has to devote and the amount of talent he/she chooses to offer. Escort Service Escort Service, operated by Alpha Phi Omega, provides an escort home for students studying outside their residence hall at night. The service is available from Sunday through Thursday, 9:00 PM to 1:00 AM and from 9:00 PM to 2:00 AM on Friday and Saturday. In 2002-03, the Parents Association purchased a golf cart for the Escort program to assist the volunteer escorts in safely transporting students across campus during the evening hours. Transportation Traveling to Williamsburg To travel to and from Williamsburg, there are a number of options including by plane, bus, train or car. The Newport News/Williamsburg International Airport, located 15 miles southeast of Williamsburg off Route 143 and Interstate 64 serves Williamsburg daily with flights provided by US Air, Delta, and AirTran. The Richmond International Airport and the Norfolk International Airport are both within one hours driving time of Williamsburg. Regular limousine service is available from all three major airports to Williamsburg. Williamsburg also has a general aviation airport (with a 3,200-foot paved runway), the Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (three miles from the downtown area), for private flights. Bus service to Williamsburg is provided by Greyhound Bus Lines; Trailways services Richmond and Norfolk, connecting with Greyhound to Williamsburg. In addition, Williamsburg is located on the main line of the Chesapeake and Ohio Railroad (AMTRAK) with connections north and south at Richmond.


(See Resource Directory for local phone numbers and carriers). To reach the campus by car, continue on I-64 until Exit 242-A (exits 234 or 238 provide less direct routes and can be confusing). Follow 199 West and make a right at the 4th stop light (Jamestown Road/Rt 5 East). Stay on Jamestown Road until you reach the campus. Traveling Around Williamsburg Around town, students may ride the Williamsburg Area Transport (WAT) bus system at no charge by presenting their William and Mary ID. The campus bus system is designated the Green Line, with two buses dedicated to providing daily transportation throughout campus for students, faculty and staff. On Monday through Friday, two buses travel campus routes passing stops approximately every 15 minutes. On Saturday and Sunday, there is only one bus traveling the campus route passing stops approximately every half hour. The buses operate from 7:00 AM – 1:00 AM, through Thursday; 7:00 AM – 2:00 AM, on Friday; 8:00 AM – 2:00 AM, on Saturday; 8:00 AM – 1:00 AM, on Sunday. Detailed schedules with bus stops are available at the University Center Information Desk, Parking Services Office, ID Office, on the buses and on the Williamsburg Area Transport web site, Special notices, service interruptions, inclement weather alternatives, and changes to the bus schedules are provided through the transportation web site, and are posted at each bus stop/shelter. Emergencies In the event of a family emergency, parents and/or students should contact the Dean of Students Office at 757-221-2510 (TDD 757-221-2302) during regular business hours (8:00 AM to 5:00 PM Monday Friday). On weekends or at any other time outside of regular business hours, emergency calls should be directed to the William and Mary Police at 757-221-4596. Through the police dispatcher, contact will be made with an appropriate professional staff member. At all times during evenings and weekends, professional staff members in Residence Life, Student Health, and the Counseling Center are on-call for emergency assistance. From time to time, parents have concerns about unusual weather systems, which might affect the Williamsburg area. The College keeps the campus community informed when such conditions are present through a special weather report line, 757-221-1SNO. Parents are also welcome to call in to that number to hear the recording. Special Events and area attractions Between the campus and the City of Williamsburg, a number of special activities are held each year. The uniqueness of Colonial Williamsburg provides a natural backdrop for many of these programs. Several are of special interest to parents: Family Weekend Family Weekend is scheduled each fall as a time for parents to become better acquainted with student life at William and Mary. Sponsored by the Parents Association (to which students' parents automatically belong), the weekend is ordinarily held in late September or early October. On the Friday of Family Weekend, many classes are open to parental visits and there is a traditional workshop for the parents of new students on Friday afternoon. Cultural events, athletic contests, lectures by faculty members, and other activities scheduled throughout the weekend are designed to permit parents to meet faculty members and administrators and to become better informed about college life. The weekend normally concludes with a performance on Saturday evening. Family Weekend is a popular event and frequently attracts more than 1,200 families. It is a good idea,


therefore, to make reservations at a local hotel several months in advance in order to be assured of accommodations. (Lodging information available in the Resource Directory). The Vice President for Student Affairs coordinates Family Weekend and serves as administrative liaison to the Parents Association. Homecoming Probably the largest weekend of the year for activities and events, Homecoming signals the return of many alumni and friends to the William and Mary campus. Major attractions to the festivities are the Homecoming Parade where campus groups, including fraternities and sororities, vie for prizes and awards in float competition and, later in the day, the football game. Following the game, residence halls, along with fraternity and sorority houses, are open for receptions in honor of returning alumni. Multicultural Series Each year, the cultural organizations in conjunction with the Office of Multicultural Affairs of the College presents a series of activities designed to expose the College community to diverse history and tradition. The series has featured such outstanding men and women as Maya Angelou, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Phoebe Eng, Anita Perez Ferguson, Dick Gregory, Sandra Guzman, the Reverend Jesse Jackson, Angela Oh, Danny Seo, Lee Mun Wah, as well as dance groups, gospel choirs, and exhibits by artists. A full schedule of the cultural series' offerings is available early in the fall semester from the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Charter Day Each February, the Charter Day Convocation commemorates the granting of the Royal Charter to the College in 1693. On Charter Day, the College features a major address by an individual with a significant relationship with the College and the awarding of several honorary degrees. The prestigious Jefferson Awards are also presented at this convocation. Yule Log Ceremony The annual Yule Log Ceremony, sponsored jointly by Omicron Delta Kappa and Mortar Board (national honorary leadership fraternities), is held at the Sir Christopher Wren Building just prior to the beginning of the Christmas recess. The ceremony consists of the lighting of a tree on the rear portico, the singing of carols, the reading of stories appropriate to the holiday period, and a brief history of the yule log. The ceremony culminates with the serving of hot cider and cookies and has become a major event of the winter season. Art Festivals The Sidewalk Art Show and An Occasion for the Arts are outdoor art and craft displays held every year in the Merchants Square section of the Duke of Gloucester Street. An Occasion for the Arts is customarily held the first week in October while the Sidewalk Art Show is held in April. Both shows lend an air of festivity to the City of Williamsburg and attract many of the region's best artists, who exhibit and sell their work. Concerts Organ concerts are presented each Saturday morning in the Wren Chapel. On Tuesday and Saturday evenings during the year and on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday evenings during the summer, Bruton Parish Church hosts a concert series known as "Bruton by Candlelight." The concerts feature a wide selection of musical presentations. Both the organ concerts in the chapel and "Bruton by Candlelight" concerts are open to the general public at no cost. Other concerts are presented by Colonial Williamsburg throughout the year. Understandably the special emphasis is on colonial music. For information about these concerts, check "How to See Williamsburg This Week."


Museums The Muscarelle Museum of Art -- The Muscarelle houses the College's art collection, which includes major 19th and 20th century American paintings, prints, and drawings and presents a series of changing exhibitions ranging in scope from ancient Chinese bronzes to contemporary art. The Botetourt Gallery -- Located in the Earl Gregg Swem Library, The Botetourt Gallery exhibits collections of art unique for their historical value and their relationship to the College. The Zollinger Museum -- Also located in Swem Library, The Zollinger Museum houses many of the College's artifacts such as the Mace and the Boundary Stone in addition to featuring special exhibits from the library's holdings or those on loan from other institutions. The Harley Museum -- Located in the basement of Washington Hall, The Harley Museum of the Anthropology Department houses a general African anthropological collection. The first floor of Washington Hall is lined with cases containing finds from the site of Flowerdew Hundred, an archeological project of the department. Andrews Hall Gallery -- Andrews Hall Gallery of the Department of Fine Arts features displays of art works by students and faculty members. In addition, collections of art from outside the College are regularly exhibited. The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum -- The DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum, located on Francis Street, is home to an extensive collection of American and British antiques, including furniture, textiles, tools, firearms, ceramics, silver, pewter, and clothing from the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. This Century Gallery -- Located on North Boundary Street, This Century Gallery features commercial art exhibits for display and sale. All of the museums are open to students without charge. Christmas Craft Show and Parade Local sponsors host a Christmas Craft show each year. The show normally coincides with the Williamsburg Christmas Parade, which is held the first Saturday of December. Approximately fifty people from both the local and college communities participate in the Craft show. The show is held from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday and 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday in Trinkle Hall of the Campus Center. Colonial Williamsburg While your son or daughter is at William and Mary, becoming acquainted with Colonial Williamsburg, or reacquainted if you have been a visitor previously, is a must. The restored area offers a wide variety of attractions, including exhibition buildings, craft shops, and evening lectures and films. The taverns of Colonial Williamsburg feature waiters and waitresses in colonial attire and are within easy walking distance of the College. (At Christmas, the Grand Illumination of the Colonial Capitol is a beautiful and joyous prelude to the holiday season.) A bus system connects the restored area, the Colonial Williamsburg Information Center, and the shopping district. Students are given free admission to the restored area. Colonial Williamsburg offers special discounts of services to the parents of William and Mary students. Information about Colonial Williamsburg may be obtained by calling the Information Center at 1-800-HISTORY. Busch Gardens An amusement center called "The Old Country" is Busch Gardens' Virginia home. "The Old Country" is located on U.S. Route 60 adjacent to the Anheuser-Busch Brewery, five miles east of Williamsburg. The


theme park presents a panoramic view of areas modeled after England, New France, Germany, and Italy and contains eight authentic European-style hamlets, each featuring exotic foods, imported wares, and entertainment. The park has a variety of amusement rides, including several of the world's largest roller coasters - the "Loch Ness Monster," the "Big Bad Wolf," "Apollo’s Chariot," "Alpengeist," and “Griffon.” Information regarding hours of operation may be obtained by calling 757-220-2896. Jamestown & Yorktown Jamestown, founded in 1607, and Yorktown, site of the surrender of the British troops at the conclusion of the American Revolution, are each within a short drive of Williamsburg. The Colonial Parkway, a scenic drive connecting Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, provides pleasant access to these areas. Jamestown and Yorktown each have a visitor center, operated by the National Park Service, to provide interpretation of historic sites for visitors. Jamestown Festival Park and Yorktown Victory Center are operated by the Commonwealth of Virginia. Along the James River, a number of colonial homes have been restored and are available for touring. For information call 757-229-1733 (Jamestown) or 757-8983400 (Yorktown). Water Country, U.S.A. An amusement center located at the intersection of Route 199 and Interstate 64, Water Country features a wide array of flume rides, shoots, and special pools. Water Country operates daily from 9 AM to 8 PM from mid-June until September. For information, call 1-800-343-7946.


Q: A: What help will my student receive in preparing a program of studies? Each student at William and Mary is assigned a faculty member who serves as the student's academic advisor. The advisor assists the student in understanding the various rules and regulations pertaining to degree requirements and in developing an academic program. Advisors at W&M work with their advisees for two years. At the end of the sophomore year, a new advisor from the department, program or school in which the student is majoring will be appointed to work with the student in the junior and senior years. Professional advisors in the Office of Academic Advising also are available to supplement advice provided by faculty advisors. Professional advisors assist students in making a complete graduation plan including, for example, medical school preparation, education certification, study abroad and double majors. The Office of Academic Advising and the Registrar's Office are available to assist students in answering questions about degree requirements, transferring credits from other foreign and domestic institutions, Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate and summer school work at other institutions. Trained peer mentors are another source of help for students in preparing their program of studies. Incoming students who have indicated they would like assignment to a peer mentor on the Academic Advising Questionnaire will be paired with an upperclassman with similar interests and/or background. Once the assignment process is complete, peer mentors will establish contact with their students during the summer. Must students take courses chosen by the advisors? At William and Mary, the individual student is held responsible for his/her academic work and for meeting degree requirements. Faculty members advise but each student makes the final decisions concerning his/her course load and curriculum. Students are required to meet with their advisors to review their academic plans during Orientation and during the pre-registration process each semester of the freshman year. In the sophomore year, the advisor may continue to require the student to meet to discuss his/her academic plans. The student is always free to arrange a meeting with the advisor or a professional advisor in Academic Advising when the need arises. How accessible are William and Mary faculty members, and will they take the initiative in arranging a conference? Most members of the faculty devote a good deal of time to out-of-class contact with students, but students should take the initiative to arrange a meeting. When students and faculty members get to know one another, the students are often surprised by the interest advisors and professors have in them and their welfare. Who can my student see about academic progress or any other serious academic concern? The Dean of Students monitors the academic progress of all undergraduate students for purposes of probation and continuance standards. The student's faculty advisor and the Office of Academic Advising are good resources for discussions about degree requirements, appropriate electives, and changes in academic plans, etc. If your student has academic concerns, please encourage him/her to contact one of these offices for assistance. What if my student is not happy with the assigned faculty advisor? The student should make an appointment with the Director of Academic Advising to discuss the problem. When necessary, a reassignment will be made.

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How much should a student plan to study each week at William and Mary? While study time varies from student to student, most need to spend from two to two and one-half hours per week in preparation outside of class for every hour they are in class. With a normal load of 15 credit hours, the average student should plan to spend from 30 to 38 hours per week studying. Is assistance available for students who need to improve their study habits? A comprehensive learning assistance program is available for all students. Topics covered include time-management, textbook reading, note-taking, money management, and general study principles. Individual consultation is encouraged with staff in the Office of the Dean of Students. How can a student obtain reliable tutorial assistance if needed? Students are first encouraged to discuss their academic needs with the professor of the course in which they are having difficulties. Often, group help sessions and individual assistance may be provided by the professor, and either the instructor or the chair of the department may be able to suggest other students as tutors. Is assistance available for students who need help with their writing skills? The Writing Resources Center (WRC) is available to students at any stage of the writing process including reviewing a thesis statement, clarifying grammar rules, and improving style to overcoming writer's block. The WRC is staffed by trained tutors who are prepared to guide and teach students rather than edit their papers. Does William and Mary offer a Summer Session? Summer school consists of two five-week sessions. Students are limited to eight credits per session. Requests for overloads must be approved by the Committee on Academic Status. The Summer Session schedule is published in spring of each year on the Registrar’s web site at May my student take summer coursework at a college near home and transfer the credits to W&M? William and Mary students who wish to receive credit for courses taken in summer elsewhere must request approval in advance from the Office of the Registrar. Ordinarily, only elective courses (i.e. not Proficiency, GER, Major or Minor courses) are transferable. A grade of 'C' or better must be earned for a course to transfer. Transfer credits apply to the 120 hours needed for a degree, but the grades in these courses are not included in the William and Mary GPA; neither may they be used to meet the College's continuation requirement. May a student complete two majors or a major and a minor at William and Mary? The College permits students to declare one major, two majors or a major and a minor. May a William and Mary student design his or her own major? Students may submit proposals for interdisciplinary majors to the Charles Center's Committee on Honors and Interdisciplinary Studies (CHIS). If the Committee approves the student's program, the student is assigned a faculty advisor and completes degree work in the same way as a student with a traditional major. Interdisciplinary majors are also eligible to complete honors study. What kinds of academic honors are available to William and Mary students? 1. A “Dean's List” designation is recorded each semester on the transcripts of full-time degreeseeking undergraduates who have completed at least 12 credit hours for a letter grade and earned a 3.6 grade point average in one semester.

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2. Latin Honors are awarded at graduation to students whose cumulative grade point average distinguishes the quality of their work as follows: cum laude, 3.50; magna cum laude, 3.65; summa cum laude, 3.80. 3. The departmental Honors Program provides special opportunities through independent study for superior students in most departments and interdisciplinary programs. To be admitted for Honors study, a student must have a 3.0 cumulative grade point average for the junior year. Once accepted, the student must satisfactorily complete, during the senior year, a program of reading and research supervised by a faculty member designated by the chair of a student's major department. In addition, the student must present an honors essay or thesis acceptable to the major department and undergo a comprehensive examination on the thesis and related background. Students who meet the department requirements are then graduated "with honors," "with high honors," or "with highest honors" in their major field of study at the time of Commencement. 4. Various honor societies at William and Mary serve to promote interest in special fields of learning or to recognize students for their outstanding scholastic achievements or leadership: Phi Beta Kappa Society, the oldest Greek-letter fraternity in the United States, founded at William and Mary in 1776, elects to membership up to 7% of the total number in the senior class each year. Selection is based largely on scholarship. Students receiving Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degrees are eligible for membership. Beta Gamma Sigma is the national honor society that recognizes excellence in academic achievement in schools of business administration. The society was founded in 1907 to encourage and reward scholarship and accomplishment in the field of business studies and to foster principles of honesty and integrity in business practice. Omicron Delta Kappa is an honorary society comprised of junior and senior students selected on the basis of scholarship, service, character, and leadership in various areas of college life. Mortar Board is an honorary society whose members are elected in their junior year on the basis of service, scholarship, and leadership. Golden Key is a national academic honors organization which recognizes scholastic achievement in all undergraduate fields of study. Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma, two national honor societies, annually select for membership those freshmen who have attained academic distinction. The minimum scholastic average required for membership is 3.5 or above on a 4.0 scale. Eligibility is based on grades of the first full semester or on the cumulative average of the first full year in college. 5. William and Mary students also have opportunities to become members in academic honoraries, ordinarily requiring an indication of special interest and ability in an area of scholarship.


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Once the student registers for classes, is there some way the schedule may be changed? Students may drop and add courses from their schedule (so long as they remain enrolled for at least 12 academic credits) during the first 8 days of the semester. Drops during this period will not appear on their record. Through the ninth week of classes, students may withdraw from a course as long as they remain registered for 12 academic credits. If a student withdraws in the interim between the eighth day and the end of the ninth week, the course is noted on the grade report and transcript with a grade of 'W'. Grades of “W” do not affect the GPA. Any other alteration to a student's schedule must be approved by the Committee on Academic Status through the Office of the Dean of Students. Can my student alter his/her scheduled final examination dates? Changes in the final examination schedule are granted only for extraordinary reasons such as a documented family or medical emergency. Because final exams may not be rescheduled simply for the convenience of travel at the end of a semester, please talk with your student about his/her examination schedule and use this information as you plan your family celebrations and holiday travel. How much time does a student have to complete undergraduate work at William and Mary? Each student is allowed the equivalent of 10 full semesters of study in order to complete the requirements for the baccalaureate degree. Each semester in which the student is registered for 12 or more hours counts as one attempted semester (unless the student is forced to withdraw from the College due to medical reasons). Work transferred from another institution or in a William and Mary summer session is prorated at 1/15 of a semester per credit. Students who withdraw for any reason without completing a degree within six calendar years from the date of admission must graduate under the degree requirements in effect at the time of their final return to the College prior to their graduation rather than those in effect when the student entered William and Mary or declared a major.

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How can a student select a major? How much emphasis should be given to the marketability of the degree in a specific major? William and Mary students are advised to major in the area that they most enjoy. The marketability of specific majors is transient. What is salable today may face oversupply in a short period of time given the rapid changes that take place in our economy and culture. The value of a liberal arts education is in the transferability of skills students develop. With few exceptions, specific training in a subject area is not as important as what the student learns in the process of completing a degree. The abilities to communicate effectively, to solve problems, to relate to other people, to analyze and synthesize data, and to understand the history and the culture that surrounds us are ultimately more important than the particular major a student chooses. This is especially true when examined in the context of national statistics, which show that most adult Americans change from one job to another several times during their first five years after college and alter their life's work at least once during their working years.

Residence Life
Q: A: How are students assigned roommates in the freshman year? Residence Life honors requests from students who already know of another entering freshman with whom they would like to live. Most students, however, do not know others in the entering class. A questionnaire requesting basic information about a student's preferences is posted online


and accessible to each entering student during the late spring prior to the freshman year. Residence Life then attempts to match students based on these preferences insofar as possible. After the freshman year, students select a roommate from any member of the upper three classes. Q: A: Once assigned to live in a residence hall, is a student guaranteed College accommodations for the entire four years? All entering freshmen are guaranteed college housing. That same guarantee cannot be extended to upperclass students. Because the demand for college housing by the sophomore, junior, and senior classes is ordinarily greater than the supply, a special room selection process is held each spring to select students to be guaranteed housing for the coming year. How does the Room Selection Process work? Since the majority of students live on campus, the annual undergraduate Room Selection Process is a major event that takes place in April for returning students. This process is necessary because there are more students who request housing than there are available spaces. All currently enrolled full-time undergraduate students who wish to participate in the Room Selection Process first pay a non-refundable $200 Room Reservation Deposit by the advertised deadline in the early part of the spring semester (January & February). If the number of housing requests (deposits) exceeds the number of spaces available, rising sophomore and junior students with the highest selection time block assignments are bumped from the Room Selection process. Please note: Because freshmen are guaranteed housing, and because seniors are exempt from the bump process, the greatest pressure for housing is experienced by sophomores and juniors. More information is available at the Room Selection and Housing Assignments section on the Residence Life web site ( A notice of the student's class status is emailed to each student participating in Room Selection. Students have the opportunity to change their class status (i.e. sophomore, junior, senior) if it is listed incorrectly. Room Selection time blocks are then posted approximately two weeks before the Room Selection Process takes place in April. Room Selection time blocks are assigned by class, with seniors getting the first blocks, and sophomores the last blocks. The first blocks are the first to select rooms during Room Selection. "Bumped" students who wish to request a refund of their deposit can do so at any time until they are officially offered housing. A bumped student’s prospective roommate may elect to live offcampus with the bumped student and would also then be eligible for a refund of the Room Reservation Deposit. After Room Selection, "bumped" students are placed on a waiting list and housed as spaces become available during the summer. Typically, all "bumped" students who stay on the waiting list receive housing during the summer months. Q: A: What is the housing policy regarding early arrival on campus? While requests for early arrival may be discussed with Residence Life, ordinarily the College is unable to honor requests for early accommodation unless extraordinary circumstances exist due to the hectic pace of the days prior to opening. If approved, a per-night charge will be assessed, payable in advance. What is the housing policy regarding moving out at the end of the year? Residents are required to check out of their residence halls 48 hours after their last exam (or on the day following Commencement for graduating students). This policy requires scheduling travel plans around the exam schedule and often means residents will need to be picked up in the middle of the week. Requests for permission to stay beyond this deadline can be directed by the student to the Area Director and in extenuating circumstances, exemptions will be granted (a charge may

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be assessed). We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause but hope the advanced notice will help you plan to accommodate this policy. Q: A: How can parents help their student develop a good relationship with his or her roommate? What happens if roommates can't get along? The College Residence Life staff gives students the following advice: Be willing to share your common ground. This doesn't mean that everything should be considered common property. Discuss what is and what is not; have an understanding with your roommate rather than arriving at your own determination. Share the responsibility of determining your living conditions in your room. What are the accepted patterns of noise, cleanliness, etc.? Agree upon priorities in advance; most important among priorities should be ample provisions for study and rest. Recognize the needs of the other person. Examine your own habits before judging your roommate's. Understand that there are two sides to every story. If this advice is followed and does not lead to a good relationship, students should be encouraged to take their concerns to a residence hall staff member. Ordinarily the staff member will discuss the situation with each student individually and then arrange a joint meeting to point out possible misunderstandings. If appropriate, a compromise on a trial basis may be suggested to determine whether or not the two can learn to live together. Should these efforts fail, the matter is referred to Residence Life for a room switch, which is authorized as space is available on campus or if other students are willing to participate in a voluntary roommate exchange. Q: A: Are students permitted to build lofts in their rooms? Students who wish to build lofts in their rooms must complete the required loft construction form within one week of the completion of the loft. Lofts must be free-standing and no longer than 90"x 48". They may not be attached by nails or bolts to walls, ceilings or floors, and must allow 36" clearance between the top of the mattress and the ceiling. They must also be removed at the end of the school year or whenever the student moves from the room. Even if a loft is constructed in a room, the student remains responsible for the furnishings that the College places in each residence room and may not remove them from the place to which they have been assigned. Additional information is available at this web address: Does William and Mary provide special facilities and assistance to students with disabilities? Special residence hall accommodations may be arranged for students with disabilities. For example, fire alarms with strobe-light warning signals may be installed for deaf students. Programs, counseling, and other services related to students with disabilities are also provided by the Office of Dean of Students. Students with diagnosed disabilities are also encouraged to contact the Assistant Dean of Students for Disability Services regarding all programmatic access issues through accommodation. Additional information is available at this web address: What is the policy regarding smoking in William and Mary residence halls? All residences are smoke-free.

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Other Student Services and Student Life Issues
Q: A: What provision does the College make for health care for its students? All full-time students are eligible to receive care from the College Student Health Service and the Counseling Center. The Student Health Center is an AAAHC accredited facility staffed by four full-time physicians, three nurse practitioners, a pharmacist, two health educators, laboratory technicians, nurses, and support staff. The Health Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM and Saturdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM for limited services during the fall and spring semester. In the Summer, the Health Center is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 7:45 AM to 4:00 PM, Wednesday from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. There are no Saturday hours during the Summer break. The physicians remain on call for 24 hours during the academic year for psychiatric emergencies. Treatment of after-hour medical emergencies is obtained from the nearby Hospital emergency room or Urgent Care Centers. The Health Center operates on an appointment system. There is a $5.00 copay for office visits with a MD or NP. There is a small charge for medical supplies, lab testing, medications, and some procedures performed at the Health Center. Lab tests that are sent to the hospital lab and xrays are billed to the student's insurance policy. Most prescription medications are provided at a discount by the Health Center Pharmacy and certain over-the-counter medications are dispensed for a small fee. Allergy injections are administered for a fee per injection. The Student Health Center maintains a close relationship with the Sentara Regional Medical Center and physicians in the Williamsburg area. All interactions at the Health Center are kept strictly confidential for students over the age of 18, except in the case of medical or psychological emergencies. No information can be released regarding students over the age of 18 without written consent from the student, in accordance with Virginia law. For questions or concerns about the Health Center please contact Christine Britton, Office Manager at 757-221-2189 or Dr. Gail Moses, Director at 757-221-4386. Student Health Insurance -- All full-time undergraduate and graduate students admitted fall 2006 or after are required to be covered by adequate health insurance coverage. The College has contracted with a student health plan that can provide coverage at an affordable price. Unless these full-time students have existing health coverage and submit a waiver request that is subsequently approved, they are required to enroll in this plan. Detailed information is available on the Student Health Center web site at Should you have additional questions, contact the Student Health Center at 757-221-2978 or send email to The Student Health Center does not accept or process claims for any insurance except the College-sponsored plan. The Health Center will provide the student with a receipt to submit to your own insurance company for reimbursement. The medical providers at the Student Center do not participate in any outside insurance provider groups (HMO’s, PPO’s, Major Medical or Military Insurance plans). The Counseling Center offers a wide range of psychological and counseling services for William and Mary students. We provide professional help in the following areas: psychological issues, personal concerns, interpersonal issues, and crisis situations. Staff members are available to


discuss personal concerns a student may be facing and work with that student to develop new ways of resolving the problem. Counseling is confidential. The Counseling Center does not release information about a student without that student’s written permission except in the case of imminent danger to self or others, child/dependent abuse, court order or where otherwise required by law. Notations of counseling are not a part of a student’s college record. The staff of the Counseling Center consists of both male and female mental health professionals, including psychologists, counselors, and social workers. A sport psychologist is available for students interested in learning how to enhance their athletic performance. Psychiatric consultation can be arranged when needed. All staff are trained and experienced in dealing with the problems of university students. Students are initially seen by an individual counselor. Continuing services in the form of individual, couples, family, or group meetings are offered depending upon the student's need and staff availability. These services are free of charge to full-time enrolled students. Emergency services during the fall and spring semester are also available after hours and on weekends by calling the William and Mary Police at 757-221-4596 and asking to speak with the Counseling Center’s "on-call" counselor. For questions or concerns about the Counseling Center, please contact the director, R. Kelly Crace, at 757-221-3620. Q: A: What are the issues surrounding alcohol use on college campuses? Alcohol use by college students is a concern of parents and college administrators alike, not to mention the students themselves. Recent high-profile media coverage of alcohol overdoses and alcohol use among college students has raised awareness of the college drinking culture. Terms like power hour, beer pong, and beer bong - widely understood by high school and college students - may be unfamiliar to many parents. These things, combined with the adjustment of a child leaving home, can contribute to a parent’s anxiety and concern for a son or daughter. How prevalent is alcohol use on college campuses? Research indicates that over 80% of college students have used alcohol a . At William and Mary, the percentage is 83.1% of all students. Binge drinking, or heavy episodic drinking, is more highly associated with all alcohol-related harms. Binge drinking is typically defined as 5 drinks in a row for men and 4 drinks in a row for women. National estimates of binge drinking range from 37.5% to 49% of all college students b . According to a recent survey of William and Mary students, 36.8% reported having 5 or more drinks in a row during the two weeks prior to the survey. However, research also suggests that the percentage of students who abstain from alcohol is increasing. Moreover, 74% of college students in Virginia consume alcohol once a week or less, or not at all c . Many things influence a college student’s decision to drink. Socially, using alcohol is acceptable among peers. Whether alcohol use is viewed as a rite of passage or as a social lubricant, the desire to belong can be a powerful influence. Students generally overestimate alcohol use of their peers. William and Mary students are no exception. In a recent survey, students overestimated peer alcohol use in the last month by 10% and daily use by 16%. Perceptions that everyone is drinking, or that everyone is drinking more than they actually are, contributes to an individual’s decision to drink. Alcohol is also a cheap and widely available way to socialize on college campuses. Our society communicates constant messages that alcohol is an acceptable and expected part of the college experience. First year students, with abundant freedom and unstructured time, may be more likely to misuse alcohol, especially during the first six weeks of school.

National College of Health Assessment, 2004; The Core Institute, 2003 National College of Health Assessment, 2004; The Core Institute, 2003, Wechsler et al., 2000 c Virginia Department of Alcohol Beverage Control, 2003


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What are the particular risks for college students when they drink alcohol? It is estimated that alcohol contributed to 1,700 deaths, 599,000 injuries, 700,000 assaults, and 97,000 cases of sexual assault among college students in 2001 d . Alcohol is also involved in an estimated 70 to 90% of all sexual assaults. Students that use or misuse alcohol risk a number of personal, emotional, legal, judicial, and health problems. Most, if not all, college students will experience negative effects of alcohol, either due to their own choices or the choices of others. The following chart lists common consequences students experience as a result of their own drinking e . W&M Students 17.8% 3.0% 4.6% 39.5% 34.9% 8.9% 6.1% National Sample 18.7% 4.7% 6.7% 37.8% 30.6% 15.6% 7.6%

Physical injury Injuring another person Being involved in a fight Doing something that caused regret later Forgetting where they were or what they had done Having unprotected sex Reduced academic performance*

It is estimated that the actions of one person who has been drinking affects up to 5 other people. This chart lists common second-hand effects of binge drinking f . Range of percentage of students affected 21-36% 15-23% 14-24% 6-11% 7-16% 43-71% 0.6-1% 64-86%

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Is it realistic to think that students will choose not to drink at College? What are the rates for abstinence? Research conducted at California State University, Sacramento revealed that parents of first-year students tended to underestimate alcohol and other drug use by their sons and daughters g . Again, around 80% of college students have consumed alcohol. It is also important to keep in mind that although many students do consume alcohol at some point, most do so in a responsible way. Of the William and Mary students who do drink, 97.7% of them usually or always employ a strategy to reduce risk of injury or harm. These strategies include limiting or tracking drinks, using a designated driver, and eating before alcohol consumption. Also, 73.3% of William and Mary students had 5 drinks or less the last time they partied. Some research estimates that as many as one in five college students choose not to drink. At

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William and Mary, 16.9% of students report never using alcohol. The College Alcohol Study conducted by Harvard University reports that the percentage of abstainers is increasing h . Parents have a unique opportunity to influence the decisions of first-year students. The College encourages parents to initiate a discussion with students, which will create shared, realistic expectations regarding alcohol use. Q: A: What is William and Mary doing to address the problem of alcohol abuse on campus? The College employs a number of policy, programming, and educational measures to reduce the abuse of alcohol on campus. The Campus Alcohol Policy, which is published yearly in the Student Handbook, mirrors Virginia’s alcohol laws and is enforced by the William and Mary Police, Residence Life Staff, and the Dean of Students Office. William and Mary’s alcohol policies are explicitly written both to control individual use of alcohol and to govern events at which alcohol might be present. Alcohol is not permitted in individual rooms of freshman residence halls unless one of the residents is 21 years of age or older and the alcohol belongs to that resident. Moreover, alcohol is not permitted in the public areas of freshman residences. Students found to have violated the Campus Alcohol Policy are typically required to participate in a mandatory educational activity like Alcohol 101 or On Campus Talking About Alcohol. William and Mary has a Parental Notification Policy in which parents are notified of alcohol violations if one of two conditions is met. First, parents are notified if the student has provided a signed release of information form to the Dean of Students office. Second, the College routinely notifies parents in those cases where a student's involvement with alcohol appears to pose a serious risk to the student's health or safety. Regardless, students are encouraged to discuss their behavior and the related consequences with their parents. The Dean of Students Office is available as a resource to assist parents and students with these conversations. William and Mary offers a variety of alcohol-free programs as well as programs to raise awareness about alcohol and other drug use. The University Center Activities Board provides late night and alcohol-free entertainment for students throughout the academic year. The Office of Health Education routinely works to raise awareness through events like Alcohol Awareness Week, National Alcohol Screening Day, and Safe Break Bash. Lastly, Student Affairs personnel employ many educational programs on alcohol and other drugs. All first-year students are required to complete a three-hour online program called AlcoholEdu for College. Additionally, first-year students attend an Orientation program called “Sex & Alcohol: Making a Tribe Choice” that encourages healthy choices involving alcohol use or other risky behaviors. The F.I.S.H. (Free Information on Student Health) Bowl is a resource center for students, providing information on all health topics pertinent to college students. The Office of Health Education works with Student Activities to provide TIPS Training to all interested students. TIPS is a nationally recognized program that teaches individuals to understand the effects of alcohol and to recognize levels of intoxication. Student organizations holding events where alcohol is served are required to be TIPS certified. The Office of Health Education advises the Health Outreach Peer Educators, a student organization dedicated to educating William and Mary students about all health related issues. Q: A:

What resources are available to me if I am interested in learning more about alcohol education programs? AlcoholEdu is a non-opinionated, online alcohol prevention program that uses science-based

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research to educate students about alcohol and its effects. This year every incoming student is required to complete AlcoholEdu. First-Year Students will access AlcoholEdu through the myWM portal. Because parents are a valuable and trusted source of information for W&M students, we invite you to take AlcoholEdu for College as well. If you have questions or need for further assistance please email: Parent instructions to preview the program are as follows: 1. Go to: 2. As a PARENT User, for the School ID enter: 7C231624PARENT 3. Click “Sign Up” Q: A: As a parent, what can I do to help reduce my student’s risk of experiencing alcohol-related problems? Parents are the greatest influence on students’ decisions regarding alcohol and other drug use at college. Clearly stating your expectations and beliefs regarding alcohol and other drugs can be the most influential factor in your son’s or daughter’s decision to use or abstain. According to a recent survey conducted among William and Mary students, 71% of students recognized parents as a source of believable health information (second only to health center staff and health educators). As a parent, you play a critical role in the prevention of alcohol abuse on campus. Following are some tips and resources to help your college student: Talk to your son or daughter. Have an open and honest discussion that creates shared expectations, not only about alcohol, but also about grades, coursework, and other activities. Be honest about your family’s history and your current behavior regarding alcohol use. Avoid telling your college stories that involve alcohol. This may be interpreted as condoning the use or heavy use of alcohol. Ask your son or daughter how he/she would handle specific situations. (How can you refuse a drink? How will you determine to drink or not? What will you do if your roommate comes home intoxicated?) Call frequently during the first six weeks of school. This is a critical time of adjustment, as well as a time of exploration. Confront myths and misinformation. Challenge perceptions that everyone drinks or that everyone gets drunk. Confront traditions that include drinking. Remind your son or daughter that leaving home does not mean leaving behind your family’s values, respect for the law, or personal health. Teach and encourage low-risk behavior. Discuss that abstinence is always a safe decision. Low-risk behaviors include limiting drinks to no more than 1 per hour, and no more than 3 on any one occasion. Discuss using and being a designated driver. A designated driver should be a person who has consumed no alcohol. Stress the importance of having a plan to get home safely before social activities begin. Caution your student about the second-hand effects of alcohol. Discuss how the decisions of others can affect your son or daughter. Talk through strategies for situations in which high-risk drinking is taking place. Teach your student how to recognize the signs of alcohol overdose and how to get help. Encourage your son or daughter to help others who are engaging in high-risk drinking.


Seek support and information for yourself from a reliable source, such as the William and Mary Counseling Center, the Dean of Students Office, or the Student Health Center. Many resources are available to parents on the web. Some helpful sites are: Q: A: About what other drug(s) should I talk to my son/daughter? After alcohol, the most widely used drugs used on American college and university campuses are tobacco and marijuana. The College restricts tobacco use in all academic and public buildings, including the residence halls. William and Mary staff and police are trained in marijuana identification and interdiction as they enforce laws and policies. The most recent research on marijuana finds it to be a serious drug with many negative consequences. These consequences include: dependence, addiction, amotivational syndrome, reduced cognitive functioning, compromised immune system functioning, reduced testosterone, and pulmonary problems. An emerging class of abused drugs is prescription medication. Research indicates that one in ten teenagers has illicitly used over-the-counter or prescription medication. The most commonly abused prescription drugs are painkillers like OxyContin and stimulants like Adderall and Ritalin. If your son or daughter currently uses a prescription drug, please communicate that the medication is for his/her use only and is to be used only as specified by a physician. What career planning opportunities are provided students at the College? The William and Mary Career Center assists students in choosing majors and exploring career fields through the use of career inventories, internships, shadowing opportunities, extensive career and graduate school resources in the Career Library as well as on the Career Center web site, and off-campus job resources and on-campus recruiting. Five career counselors are available to meet with students to discuss a variety of topics including: majors and careers, internship and job searching, resume writing, interviewing, and graduate school selection and application process. For more information about the services and programs that are available, access our web site: and visit the Parents’ pages. What is fraternity/sorority life like at William and Mary? Greek-letter organizations trace their origins to the College of William and Mary. The Alpha chapter of Phi Beta Kappa was founded at the College in 1776 as both a social and scholarly society. Today, approximately 27% of the College’s men and women belong to the 15 fraternities and 12 sororities on campus. The Greek system offers unique opportunities for leadership, service to the community, scholarship, personal growth, and enjoyment. One of the most important aspects of Greek life is the close friendships and bonds of sisterhood and brotherhood. While providing an important focal point for social life, fraternity and sorority membership at the College is an option, not a necessity. How does one become a member of a fraternity or sorority? The process of becoming a member of a Greek-letter organization involves three steps: recruitment, new member education, and initiation. The recruitment process consists of a series of chapter-sponsored functions in order to introduce interested students to the Greek system. By spending time with the members of each chapter, the prospective member learns about Greek life and can get a better idea of which fraternity or sorority may be right for him or her. There is no commitment to join a Greek organization if a student decides to participate in the recruitment process. Sorority recruitment is sponsored by the Inter-Sorority Council over two weekends in September. Fraternity recruitment occurs in both the fall and spring semesters during the first four weeks of the semester (the student may determine which semester he prefers to join). Students

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interested in joining a historically Black Greek-letter organization have academic requirements to fulfill that typically mean they will not join until their 2nd year. Once a student has accepted an offer from a fraternity or sorority, the new member education period begins. This is a time for membership development through education about the history, traditions, and expectations of the Greek-letter organizations. New member education lasts approximately eight weeks. Following new member education, special ceremonies are held where the new members become initiated into the organization celebrating the bonds of "brotherhood" and "sisterhood." Q: A: What are the financial and time commitments required of students in fraternities and sororities? The time commitment is greatest during the new member education period when a variety of activities and programs are planned to introduce new members to one another and to the organization. However, once students are initiated into full membership, the amount of time committed depends on individual chapter leadership. While all members are expected to attend weekly meetings, the level of additional involvement in social, educational, or philanthropic activities varies according to members’ interests. The financial commitment is certainly a factor to be considered by prospective members. Sororities generally charge a one-time pledging and initiation fee of $150 and semester dues average $200. Similarly, fraternities charge a one-time pledging and initiation fee of approximately $100 and semester dues average $250. What is the relationship between fraternities and sororities and the university? Like all recognized student organizations, fraternities and sororities work closely with the Office of Student Activities, and more specifically with the Associate Director of Student Activities AND Assistant Director of Student Activities. The primary responsibility of these two staff positions is to serve as advisors to the College’s Greek-letter organizations and to promote a broad understanding of the roles, rights, and responsibilities of the members of the Greek community within the university. These staff members serve as the primary advisors to the InterSorority Council (ISC) and the Council for Fraternity Affairs (CFA) as well as to the leaders and members of individual chapters on campus. Because most of our fraternities and sororities occupy college-owned housing, the chapters also have regular contact with professional and paraprofessional staff (Resident Assistants) employed by the Office of Residence Life.

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Q: A: Are on-campus banking facilities available? A check-cashing service is available to students at the main desk of the Campus Center. There is a limit of $25 per check. In addition, automatic teller machines (ATMs) are available in both the Campus Center and University Center lobbies. It is strongly recommended that students open an account with a local bank rather than continue to rely on their home bank for services. Most local banks will assist students in opening accounts by mail prior to their arrival in Williamsburg in order that they might receive service from the day they enroll. Information concerning local banks may be found in the Resource Directory section of this handbook. How much spending money do freshmen need? The amount may vary according to each individual's perceived needs, what he or she has been accustomed to, etc. Some students get along on as little as $20 per week, but $30-$40 (as an average) is more realistic.

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What is the purpose of the William and Mary ID card? The William and Mary student identification card is the College's official form of identification prepared by the ID Office for each student. It functions as a campus meal card, debit card, library card, and a door access card to residence halls, recreational facilities, and academic buildings. Student ID cards are not transferable and are intended for the sole use of the student to whom it is issued. An ID used by anyone other than its owner may be confiscated and the person using the ID may be subject to disciplinary action. Because cards provide access to secured buildings and financial accounts, lost cards should be reported immediately to the ID Office during business hours and to the William and Mary Police during evenings and weekends. These offices can issue temporary replacement cards at no charge to allow students time to search for a misplaced ID without losing access to accounts and buildings. This process also ensures that misplaced cards cannot be used by others. Temporary replacement cards must be returned to re-activate a new or found ID card and a $20 charge is assessed for lost, damaged, or temporary cards not returned. If an ID card has been stolen and a police report has been filed, the replacement charge is $5. The ID Office is located in Room 169 in the Campus Center and is open Monday - Friday, 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM. For more information about the William and Mary Student ID Card, call 757-221-2105, email, or visit our web site at

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What is the William and Mary Express? The William and Mary Express Account is a debit account linked to every student's ID card. When deposits are made to the account, students can use their ID cards to purchase a variety of goods and services both on- and off-campus. Deposits to the Express account may be made at the ID Office, Bursar’s Office, Parking Services Office, the Student's X-Change in the University Center, Swem Library Copy Center, the Value Transfer Station (VTS) machine located in the lobby of Swem Library, and now online at The Express Account provides a secure method of handling transactions without the concerns associated with carrying cash. The card can be used to make purchases at the Bookstore, the Student's X-Change, the Candy Counter, Dining Services, Swem Library, Telecommunications, Copiers, Vending and Laundry Machines, Parking Services, and at 21 locations off-campus. No cash withdrawals may be made. For the protection of your Express account, vending readers will only display up to $10 of your account balance. Any amount over $10 will not display on readers. Full balances are shown on printed receipts. For more information about the William and Mary Express Account, call 757221-2105, email, or visit our web site at Is it recommended that a student bring a bicycle to campus? Many students do bring a bicycle to the campus. The area is a natural one for bicycling with many scenic areas and good places to ride. A bike can also be handy transportation on a campus that is as spread out as William and Mary's campus. Students must register bicycles with the William and Mary Police and may do so at any time of day or night at the police department. Bicycle registration is free and lasts for five years. A sturdy bicycle lock is a must. Bike storage racks are situated throughout the campus. May students bring automobiles to campus? Because of parking limitations on the campus, the use of automobiles by students is restricted. The only students who may bring an auto on campus without special permission are those who have already completed at least four regular semesters of coursework (fall and spring). The restricted-use decal is available for freshmen and sophomores who have obtained permission from the Parking Appeals Committee. Students with restricted use decals may park only at the William and Mary Hall lot or the Hospital lot as assigned. Generally, students who receive

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restricted-use decals have documented employment reasons (at least 10-hours per week), physical disabilities, or approved volunteer service. Requests for exception for employment reasons are turned in to Parking Services. Requests for exception based on disability are considered by a Medical Review Committee. Forms for this exception request may be obtained from the Dean of Students’ Office or from Parking Services. Requests for exception based on volunteer service should be forwarded to the Coordinator of Student Volunteer Services in the Office of Student Activities (757-221-3263). Forms for this exception may be picked up in that office or at Parking Services. A student who has not yet completed four regular semesters of coursework and brings a vehicle to the College without prior special permission is in violation of these policies. Q: A: Is there a used-book sale conducted on campus? With the cost of college text books on the rise, the College Bookstore purchases as many used books as available for each class taught during the semesters. These books are located, along with new books, in the text book section of the store by department and class section. At the end of each semester, in many cases, students may sell their texts back to the store which then sells them at a discount the following semester. The Student Assembly also runs a used textbook exchange. They gather textbooks from students at the end of each semester and sell them at the beginning of the following semester for 50% of the cover price. This is the cheapest way to buy used books in Williamsburg. New students are encouraged to purchase books through this process at the end of Orientation. Q: A: How are students billed for their Tuition & Fees, Room and Board? Bills are only available online and viewable through Self Service on the myWM portal. A paper bill will not be mailed. When the student’s bill for the semester is ready for viewing, the Bursar’s Office will send an email to their W&M email account with instructions on how to open and view the bill. An email, that includes the amount due and the due date, will also be generated to any third-party email address that the student provided to the College. The third-party (usually the party that pays the bill) will not be able to view the billing statement online, so it is up to the student to get the billing information to the appropriate person(s). Typically, fall semester bills are ready in mid-July with a due date in August and spring semester bills are ready in midDecember and are due in January. If there are any new charges to the student account during the semester or your account balance is unpaid, a monthly eBill will be generated. What payment methods are available to pay your Student Bill? You can make payments by cash, personal check, money order or cashier’s check. Please mail your payments directly to the Bursar’s Office and include the student’s ID number with the payment. You can also make payments in person at the Cashier’s window, located on the first floor of Blow Memorial Hall. We also offer you the option of paying by credit card or electronic check through our payment plan provider, Tuition Management Systems (TMS); however, TMS does charge a convenience fee for these options. To assist with payment of educational expenses, the College, in partnership with TMS, offers the option of an interest-free monthly payment plan that allows you to spread your expenses for the fall and spring semester tuition, room and board over a 10-month period. Additional information concerning payment options, mailing address, etc. can be found on our web site, . If you do not pay your account balance on time, a late fee may be assessed. In addition, a restrictive hold will be placed on your student account and your courses will be subject to cancellation. All other correspondence including scholarship letters and scholarship checks should also be sent to the Bursar’s Office mailing address.

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What qualifies a student for in-state tuition? To be eligible for the lower tuition rate available to in-state students, a student must meet the statutory test for domicile set forth in Section 23-7.4 of the Code of Virginia. Domicile is a technical legal concept, and a student's status is determined objectively through the impartial application of established criteria. In general, to establish domicile, students must be able to (l) verify that for at least one year immediately preceding the first official day of classes their permanent home was in Virginia, and (2) that they intend to stay in Virginia indefinitely after graduation. Residence in Virginia primarily to attend college does not establish eligibility for the in-state tuition rate. Under Virginia law, students under age 24 are presumably dependent on their parent or guardian, and the parent/guardian's domicile determines the student's tuition rate. Students re-enrolling in the College after an absence of one or more semesters must re-apply for domiciliary status and are subject to the same criteria as entering students. A matriculating student whose domicile has changed may request reclassification from out-of-state to in-state; however, reclassification must be applied for before the beginning of the academic semester. Any student may ask for a written review of an adverse decision, but a change in classification will be made only when justified by clear and convincing evidence. Inquiries about domicile should be directed to the Registrar’s Office.

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Does William and Mary have an ROTC program? A unit of the Reserve Officers Training Corps (ROTC) was established at the College of William & Mary on July 1, 1947, with an assigned mission to qualify men and women for positions of leadership and management in the United States Army. By participating in the Military Science and Leadership elective program, a student may earn a commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Active Army, the United States Army Reserve, or the Army National Guard, while pursuing an academic degree and gaining valuable leadership experience. Non-scholarship students in the Military Science Basic Course (Freshman & Sophomore courses) are not obligated to serve in the military. They can enroll in Military Science classes just as they would sign up for any other course to try out the leadership program. Students who have had prior military service or who have completed courses in another ROTC program may be granted placement credit for the freshman and sophomore classes. What Military Science Offers: 1. Scholarships that pay full tuition and fees. 2. A monthly stipend of up to $500 to contracted cadets. 3. A commission as a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army. 4. A job opportunity in a leadership position with a starting salary and allowances of $43,000 per year, increasing to $75,000 in four years, or an opportunity to serve in the Army Reserve or National Guard. 5. Extensive leadership and management courses, which are applicable both to civilian industry and military service. 6. An opportunity to participate in leadership and confidence-building activities as land navigation, adventure training, marksmanship, field training exercises, and physical training. 7. Newly commissioned officers may request a delay in the start of their active duty in order to pursue graduate studies. 8. A semester book allowance, currently at $450 per semester. Scholarships: Four, three, and two-year scholarships are available. Incoming freshman compete for over 12,000 scholarships nationwide annually. Already enrolled freshmen and sophomores may apply for two, three and four-year campus-based scholarships that are awarded by the Military Science


Department at the Western Union Building. These scholarships pay for: Full tuition and fees - both in-state and out-of-state; Books: Up to $450 per semester; Up to $500 stipend per month (tax-free). Books and Uniforms: The Department of Military Science provides all required uniforms and equipment. The department also provides course materials and texts to students free of charge for all Military Science courses. For more information, please contact the Enrollments Officer at 757-221-3600 or 757-221-3611. Cell phone contact is 757-879-3841. The Military Science Department is located in the Western Union Building adjacent to Sorority Court. Q: A: When my student graduates, is there a limit to the number of guests who may attend? Formal Commencement exercises take place in William and Mary Hall, our basketball arena, which has a seating capacity of approximately 10,000. The College must therefore limit the number of tickets each graduating student is given for these ceremonies. However, there are many graduation activities over a two-day period and, for these other activities, there is no limit on the number of guests. Special arrangements to accommodate individuals with disabilities can be made. Information about Commencement can be obtained from the Office of the Vice President for Student Affairs.


What Is the William and Mary Parents Association?
The parents of the students at the College of William and Mary have an active organization through which they may become involved in the life of the College. If you are interested in working with the Association, please contact one of the members of the Steering Committee listed or the Vice President for Student Affairs to indicate your interest. Membership The William and Mary Parents Association is composed of the parents of undergraduates at the College of William and Mary and those parents of graduates who maintain a continuing interest in the welfare of William and Mary. Interested grandparents of both current and former students are included in the membership. Purpose The William and Mary Parents Association is organized to: 1. Promote a better understanding of William and Mary's educational programs, policies, and goals among the parents of students through mailings from the College, through meetings with University representatives, and through personal contact. 2. Interpret the benefits of an education in the liberal arts and sciences and the professions offered by the College to friends, neighbors, and parents of prospective students. Members of the Parents Association become emissaries of William and Mary because of their unique position from which they can carry the story to others in their daily contacts. 3. Aid whenever possible in the placement programs of William and Mary, helping to expand the career opportunities, and information available to students. 4. Promote the development of William and Mary by lending personal financial support and by assisting in gaining support from corporations, foundations, and other parents. It is the desire of the Parents Association that William and Mary continue to be one of the leading universities, and it recognizes that leadership can be maintained only through continued improvement of programs and facilities through private support. The Parents Association Steering Committee votes to use a portion of the private gifts received each year to fund deserving projects at the College. In the past, the Parents Steering Committee has supported items such as substance abuse education, lights above the emergency telephones on campus, services for students with disabilities, and summer community service and research grants for students. All William and Mary parents are encouraged to participate by responding to mail and phone appeals for support of the Parents Fund during the academic year. Officers A 45 to 50-member Steering Committee conducts the affairs of the Association. The officers of the Parents Association Steering Committee include a Chair (or Co-chairs in the case of a parent-couple who share leadership responsibilities), a Secretary, and a Chair (Co-chairs) of the Parents Fund. The Committee is representative of the geographical distribution of the undergraduate student body. It is selected from the parents of the four classes in residence. The Vice President for Student Affairs (who serves as University Liaison for the Association) and the Vice President for Development serve as exofficio members. Meetings The Parents Association holds its annual meeting on the William and Mary campus during Family Weekend. The Steering Committee meets twice yearly on campus, once during Family Weekend and once during the spring semester.


Parents Association Steering Committee CURRENT Members
Akin and Esther Abisogun Herndon, VA Daughter: Adeola ’09 Robert Blau and Jane Mago McLean, VA Son: James T. ’08 Daughter: Genevieve Hope ‘11 Joseph and Theresa Collerd Jacksonville, FL Daughter: Margaret Sarah ‘08 James and Shannon Davis Middleburg, VA Daughter: Kara Maitland ‘09 Stephen And Kerry Maloney Stamford, CT Daughter: Katherine Clare ‘10 Christopher and Katherine McCann Locust Valley, NY Daughter: Jenna Elizabeth ‘10

Randall and Julie Merk Menlo Park, CA Daughter: Katherine Elspeth ‘10 Robert and Patricia Mooney Richmond, VA Son: Patrick Reilly ’09 Daughter: Katherine Eleanor ‘10 Felipe Oreamuno and Roxana Echeverria Escazu San Jose, COSTA RICA Son: Javier Felipe ‘08

Randolph and Faye Elkins McLean, VA Son: Thomas Connelly ‘08

Donald and Sarah Finley Richmond, VA Daughter: Catherine Marshall ‘09 Ronald and Barbara Freund Virginia Beach, VA Son: Robert Sean ‘09 Doreen Hillard Fort Worth, TX Daughter: Heather ‘09 William and Mary Hutchison Southlake, TX Daughter Margaret Adele ‘10 Kevin and Maureen Leak Chadds Ford, PA Son: Colin James ‘09

Jerrauld and Lyn Simmons Norfolk, VA Son: Jerrauld Charles Corey ‘10 Steven and Linda Schrier St. Louis, MO Daughter: Leah Kay ‘08 Peter and Suzanne Sealy New York, NY Son: William ‘09 John and Clelia Sheppard Cape Charles, VA Son: John Daniel (III) ‘09 Howard and Mary Ellen Whitehead Lynnfield, MA Daughter: Ashley Meredith ‘08


To assist you in identifying specific administrative responsibilities at the College, the following is a list of key administrators and their phone numbers. Mail should be addressed to the individual in care of The College of William and Mary, P.O. Box 8795, Williamsburg, Virginia 23817-8795. To reach the College operator, dial 757-221-4000. ACADEMIC ADVISING John Charles, Director Fax: 757-221-2464, ACADEMIC AFFAIRS P. Geoffrey Feiss, Provost Fax: 757-221-1757-259, ADMISSION Henry Broaddus, Dean of Admissions Fax: 757-221-1242, ATHLETICS Edward “Terry” Driscoll, Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Fax: 757-221-2048, CAREER CENTER Mary E. Schilling, Director of the Career Center Fax: 757-221-3329, COUNSELING SERVICES R. Kelly Crace, Director of the Counseling Center Fax: 757-221-3615, COURSE REGISTRATION, GRADES, TRANSCRIPTS Sara L. Marchello, University Registrar Fax: 757-221-2151, DEVELOPMENT AND GIFTS TO THE COLLEGE Sean M. Pieri, Vice President for Development Fax: 757-221-1313, FINANCIAL AID Edward P. Irish, Director of Student Financial Aid Fax: 757-221-2515, DINING SERVICES Charles Maimone, Associate VP for Admin/Director Auxiliary Services Fax: 757-221-2506, GENERAL MATTERS OF UNIVERSITY INTEREST Gene R. Nichol, President Fax: 757-221-2575,













HEALTH SERVICES Gail A. Moses, M.D., Director of Student Health Services Fax: 757-221-1245, INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY Courtney Carpenter, Associate Provost for Information Technology Fax: 757-221-1321, MILITARY SCIENCE (Army ROTC) LTC. Richard Monahan, Chair of Military Science Fax: 757-221-3612, PARENT INTERESTS - THE WILLIAM AND MARY PARENTS ASSOCIATION W. Samuel Sadler, Vice President for Student Affairs/University Liaison Fax: 757-221-1240, PARKING SERVICES Bill Horacio, Parking and Transportation Manager Fax: 757-221-4625, POLICE -- WILLIAM & MARY CAMPUS POLICE Donald Challis, Chief of Police Fax: 757-221-1153, REGISTRAR’S OFFICE Sara L. Marchello, University Registrar Fax: 757-221-2151, RESIDENCE LIFE - HOUSING Deborah Boykin, Director of Residence Life Fax: 757-221-1240,; STUDENT ACCOUNTS Barbara Heberling, Manager of Student Accounts Fax: 757-221-3323, UNDERGRADUATE STUDIES Edward Pratt, Dean of Undergraduate Studies Fax: 757-221-2464, WILLIAM & MARY EXPRESS/ID OFFICE Rebecca Bliley, ID Office Manager Fax: 757-221-2104,













STUDENT AFFAIRS: General Concerns W. Samuel Sadler, Vice President for Student Affairs Fax: 757-221-1240, wssadl@wm.ed Academic Progress, Adjustment to College, Students with Disabilities, Off-Campus Student Concerns, Honors and Judicial Concerns, and Orientation Patricia M. Volp, Dean of Students Fax: 757-221-2538, Multicultural Student Concerns W. Fanchon Glover, Director, Office of Multicultural Affairs Fax: 757-221-1105, New Student Orientation S. Mark Sikes, Associate Dean of Students & Director of Orientation Fax: 757-221-2538, Activities and Organizations Mark Constantine, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Fax: 757-221-3451, Substance Abuse Education, Prevention, and Referral Substance Abuse Educator Fax: 757-221-1245








These listings are for informational purposes only. The businesses/organizations shown below are neither endorsed by the College nor screened by its representatives.

Norfolk International Airport (ORF) Newport News/ Williamsburg International Airport (PHF) Richmond International Airport (RIC) Williamsburg-Jamestown Airport (Non-commercial) Norfolk, VA Newport News, VA Richmond, VA Williamsburg, VA 757-857-3200 757-877-0221 804-226-3000 757-229-9256

BANKS (*ATM Only Locations)
Bank of America 1801 Richmond Rd 263 McLaw’s Cir 4620 Monticello Ave 1310 Jamestown Rd 171 Monticello Ave 5125 John Tyler Hwy *5121 John Tyler Hwy (inside Food Lion) *5601 Richmond Rd (inside Food Lion) 300 Second St 1031 Richmond Rd 100 McLaw’s Cir 6720 Mooretown Rd 4492 John Tyler Hwy 1229 Lafayette St 6619 Richmond Rd 5700 Williamsburg Landing Dr 1167 Jamestown Rd 4780 Longhill Rd 7534 Richmond Rd (Norge) 757-259-5481 757-220-4640 757-220-3250 757-258-1700 757-258-2681 757-229-5448

Bay Community Bank


757-229-4191 757-220-1252 757-564-8700 757-220-7910 757-221-7001 757-253-9080 757-565-1199 757-259-0760 757-220-3293 757-565-0593 757-564-8114

Chesapeake Bank

Citizens and Farmers Bank


Banks (continued) Sun Trust 401 Duke of Gloucester St 120 N. Henry St (Merchant’s Square) 707 Merrimac Trail (James-York Plaza) 1186 Jamestown Rd 496 McLaw’s Cir 6385 Richmond Rd (Lightfoot) 4601 Monticello Ave *William and Mary *310 S. England St (inside Williamsburg Lodge) 224 Commons Way *6401 Richmond Rd (inside Williamsburg Outlet Mall) 4660 Monticello Ave (inside Ukrop’s) 4960 Monticello Ave (inside Ukrop’s) 6610 Mooretown Rd (inside Ukrop’s) 5220 Monticello Ave. *Campus Center 5273 Williamsburg Crossing 4139 Ironbound Rd *Campus Center *William & Mary Hall *Swem Library *345 Duke of Gloucester St. (College Bookstore) 5216 Monticello Ave *1305 Richmond Rd. (inside Millers’) *1234 Richmond Rd (inside Food Lion) *701 Merrimac Trail (inside Food Lion) *6384 Richmond Rd (inside Millers’) 1006 Richmond Rd 4690 Monticello Ave 820 E Rochambeau Dr *University Center *345 Duke of Gloucester St. (College Bookstore) *455 Merrimac Trail (inside Farm Fresh) 757-564-1489 757-564-1486 757-564-1049 757-253-9135 757-564-6758 757-564-1057 757-564-1055

1st Advantage Federal Credit Union First Market Bank


757-259-1690 757-229-0197 757-253-7990 757-827-7200

Langley Federal Credit Union Old Point National Bank

757-221-0155 757-229-4001

Towne Bank



757-220-6200 757-564-1006 757-258-1800


Assembly of God Williamsburg Assembly of God (3 mi) 5232 Longhill Rd Williamsburg, VA 23188-2768 (757) 253-2990 Baptist American Baptist First Baptist Church (1 mi) 737 Scotland Street (757) 229-1952 Free Will Baptist Heritage Free Will Baptist (3 mi) 1042 Penniman Rd (757) 220-2038 Independent Colonial Baptist Church (3 mi) 100 Carrs Hill Rd (757) 229-4744 Faith Baptist Church (10 mi) 4107 Rochambeau Dr (757) 566-0456 Southern Baptist Grace Baptist Church (3 mi) 1013 Penniman Rd (757) 229-2232 James River Baptist Church (7 mi) 4931 Centerville Rd. (757) 258-0303 Smith Memorial Baptist Church (6 mi) 6515 Richmond Rd (757) 565-0476 Walnut Hills Baptist Church (2 mi) 1014 Jamestown Rd (757) 220-5900 Williamsburg Baptist Church (1 mi) 227 Richmond Rd (757) 229-1217 Catholic St. Bede's Catholic Church (2 mi) 3686 Ironbound Rd 757-229-3631 Christian Science First Church of Christ Scientist (<1 mi) 620 Jamestown Rd 757-229-3820 Missouri Synod King of Glory Lutheran Church (4 mi) 4897 Longhill Rd Williamsburg, VA 23188-1572 (757) 258-9701 Methodist Williamsburg United Methodist Church (<1 mi) 514 Jamestown Rd (757) 229-1771 Wellsprings United Methodist Church (5 mi) 4871 Longhill Rd (757) 258-5008 Presbyterian Jamestown Presbyterian Church (4 mi) 3287 Ironbound Rd 757-229-5445 Williamsburg Presbyterian Church (<1 mi) 215 Richmond Rd 757-229-4235 Seventh Day Adventists Williamsburg Seventh Day Adventists Church (6 mi) 3989 John Tyler Hwy 757-220-3795 Mouth Calvary Seventh Day Adventists Church (7 mi) 200 Railroad St (757) 229-3926

Church of Christ Williamsburg Christian Church (2 mi) 200 John Tyler Hwy 757-220-2506 Williamsburg Church of Christ (3 mi) 227 Merrimac Trail 757-220-5662 Episcopal Bruton Parish Church (<1 mi) Duke of Gloucester St 757-229-2891 St. Martin’s Episcopal Church 1333 Jamestown Rd 757-229-1111 Interdenominational Williamsburg Community Chapel (5 mi) 3899 John Tyler Hwy Williamsburg, VA 23185-2400 (757) 229-7152 Jehovah’s Witnesses Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses (4 mi) 5731 Richmond Rd Williamsburg, VA 23188-1929 (757) 565-1571 Lutheran ELCA St. Stephen Lutheran Church (1 mi) 612 Jamestown Rd. (757) 229-6688 Our Saviour’s Lutheran Church (4 mi) 7479 Richmond Rd (757) 564-3745

Unitarian-Universalist Williamsburg Unitarian-Universalist (6 mi) 3051 Ironbound Rd 757-220-6830


*Churches in the Williamsburg area encourage students to attend regular worship services and participate in special activities of the church. The Saturday edition of the local paper, The Virginia Gazette, has a complete listing of all area churches.

Buddhist Meeting in the Unitarian Universalist Church (6 mi) 3051 Ironbound Rd Williamsburg, VA 23185-2391 Jewish Temple Beth El (1 mi) 600 Jamestown Rd (757) 220-1205 Islamic Masjid Abdul Aziz Islamic Center of Williamsburg (5 mi) 2692 John Tyler Hwy Williamsburg, VA 23185 (757) 564-1659

The following student religious organizations are active at William and Mary. Most of these are sponsored by local churches and are provided special facilities through them. • Agape Christian Fellowship • Alternative Spirituality Society • Baptist Student Union • Campus Crusade for Christ • Campus Ministries United • Canterbury Association • Catholic Campus Ministry • Chi Alpha Christian Fellowship • Child Evangelism Fellowship • Christian Campus Ministries • Christian Science Organization • Council for Promoting Christian Unity • Fellowship of Christian Athletes • King of Glory Christian • Fellowship of Christians Fellowship Serving International Students • Latter-Day Saints Student Association (LDSSA) • Fellowship of Intellectuals, Radicals, and Evangelicals • Lutheran Student Association • Generation Church • Muslim Students Association • Greek Impact • Officer’s Christian Fellowship • Hillel Jewish Student • Orthodox Christian Fellowship Organization • Quaker Student Organization • Hindu Students Association • Reformed University • Impact Movement Fellowship • Interfaith Council • Wesley Foundation • International Justice Mission • Westminster Fellowship • Intervarsity Christian • Young Life Leadership Fellowship • Jefferson Unitarian Universalist Society

Various non-denominational organizations, such as the William and Mary Christian Fellowship and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, meet regularly on campus in the Campus Center. For meeting times and locations, students can contact the Office of Student Activities or refer to the calendar of events published in the William and Mary News every two weeks during the semester. In addition, the Campus Ministries United (CaMU) has established a resource and coordinating center to provide information for the College community regarding denominational services, to serve as a clearinghouse for the best use of facilities and resources of the supporting denominations, and to act as a harmonizing agent for some of the helping services available at William and Mary.


Williamsburg Hotel & Motel Association Web site 1915 Pocahontas Trail, Suite F10 Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance Web site 421 N. Boundary St 800-446-9244 800-368-6511

LTD Management Company, LLC Discount (in conjunction with the W&M Alumni Association) Visit and select one of our hotel partners. To receive your Alumni Hotel Discount card, please e-mail Cindy Gillman at Be sure to include your name, address and phone number or contact the Alumni Association at 757-221-1176.

STORAGE FACILITIES A-1 Secure Storage Airtight Self Storage American Classic Self Storage Climatrol Self Storage Esquire III Self Storage Ironbound Rd Mini Storage Jack Rabbit Self Storage Safe Place Mini Storage Tomark Storage 1001 Rochambeau Dr 3356 Ironbound Rd 723 Merrimac Trail 9297 Pocahontas Trail 3283 Lake Powell Rd 4010 Ironbound Rd 1629 Merrimac Trail 5424 Airport Rd 111 Fenton Mill Rd 757-258-4888 757-220-1193 757-229-6277 757-229-6060 757-220-3283 757-564-0195 757-220-3282 757-253-2503 757-565-1200

TRANSPORTATION SERVICES Amtrak Reservations Williamsburg Station Greyhound Reservations Williamsburg Station Williamsburg Area Transit Airport Express Shuttle Carey VIP Chauffeured Service Custom & Courtesy Limousine Colonial Cabs of Williamsburg Historic Taxi Service Williamsburg Taxi Taxi Rides R Us Yellow Cab of Williamsburg 800-872-7245 757-229-8750 800-231-2222 757-229-1460 757-259-4093 757-857-3991 757-220-5466 757-220-2257 757-221-6661 757-258-7755 757-221-0004 757-561-5990 757-722-1111


2007-2008 Undergraduate Calendar
Fall August 24-28(Fri-Tues) August 25 (Sat) August 29 (Wed) August 31 (Fri) Sept. 28-30 (Fri-Sun) October 13-16(Sat-Tues) October 25-28 (Thurs-Sun) November 21 (Wed) November 25 (Sun) November 26(Mon) December 7 (Fri) December 8-9 (Sat-Sun) December 10-11 (Mon-Tues) December 12 (Wed) December 13-14 (Thurs-Fri) December 15 (Sat) December 15-16 (Sat-Sun) December 17-20 (Mon-Thurs) December 21 (Fri) Spring January 12-15 (Sat-Tues) January 12 (Sat) January 16 (Wed) February 9 (Sat) March 1-9(Sat-Sun) April 25(Fri) April 26-27 (Sat-Sun) April 28-May 2 (Mon-Fri) May 3-4(Sat-Sun) May 5-7 (Mon-Wed) May 11 (Sun) May 12 (Monday) New Student Orientation (8/24 Freshman Residence Halls Open 8am) Upperclass Residence Halls Open (9 a.m.) Classes Begin (8 a.m.) Opening Convocation Family Weekend Fall Break (Classes resume 8 a.m. Wed) Homecoming Thanksgiving Vacation Begins (8 a.m.) Residence Halls Close (10 a.m.) Thanksgiving Vacation Ends Residence Halls Re-open (9 a.m.) Classes Resume at 8:00 a.m. Classes End Reading Period Exams Reading Period Exams December Graduates Reception and Yule Log Ceremony Reading Period Exams Residence Halls Close (12 Noon) Orientation (Transfer Students) Residence Halls Re-open (9 a.m.) Classes Begin (8 a.m.) Charter Day Spring Break Classes End Reading Period Exams Reading Period Exams Commencement Residence Halls Close (Noon)


Tentative Academic Calendars 2008-2010
Fall 2008 August 22-26 August 27 October 11-14 November 26 – 30 December 5 December 6-7 December 8-9 December 10 December 11-12 December 13-14 December 15-18 Spring 2009 January 17-20 January 21 March 7-15 May 1 May 2-3 May 4-8 May 9-10 May 11-13 May 17 Fall 2009 August 21-25 August 26 October 10-13 November 25 – 30 December 4 December 5-6 December 7-8 December 9 December 10-11 December 12-13 December 14-17 Spring 2010 January 16-19 January 20 March 6-14 April 30 May 1-2 May 3-7 May 8-9 May 10-12 May 16

New Student Orientation Classes Begin Fall Break Thanksgiving Holiday Classes End Reading Period Exams Reading Period Exams Reading Period Exams

New Student Orientation Classes Begin Spring Break Classes End Reading Period Exams Reading Period Exams Commencement

New Student Orientation Classes Begin Fall Break Thanksgiving Holiday Classes End Reading Period Exams Reading Period Exams Reading Period Exams

New Student Orientation Classes Begin Spring Break Classes End Reading Period Exams Reading Period Exams Commencement


Many parents have found the following list of books helpful in preparing for and dealing with adjusting to their student’s new life in college.

Letting Go:

A Parent’s Guide to Understanding the College Years By: Karen Levin Coburn and Madge Lawrence Treeger

Let the Journey Begin: A Parent’s monthly Guide to the College Experience By: Jacqueline Keirnan MacKay and Wanda Johnson Ingram

Don’t Tell Me What to Do, Just Send Money: the Essential Parenting Guide to College By: Helen E. Johnson and Christine Schelhas-Miller

When Your Kids go to College: A Parent’s Guide to Changing Relationships By: Barbara Newman and Phillip Newman


We value your thoughts. . .
We hope that this Parent and Family Handbook has been helpful to you. Now that you have read it, please take a few minutes to help make next year's edition even more useful to the families of new students. We would like to hear what you believe was especially helpful and should be retained, what should be omitted, what should be added, as well as any other suggestions that you might have for the publication.

Please send any suggestions or comments via email to:

Virginia M. Ambler, Ph.D. Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs Email: Or by mail to: Parent and Family Handbook Office of Student Affairs P.O. Box 8795 College of William and Mary Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795 Phone: 757-221-1236 Fax: 757-221-1240

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